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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:09 pm


    thumbsup russia study

    Rosatom in 2018 will present a sample of a nuclear reactor for space

    http://ria.ru/atomtec/20150914/1250938468.html

    Technical solutions inherent in the concept of the module, will allow to solve a wide range of space applications, including the program of lunar exploration and research missions to distant planets, the creation of automated databases for them. The project is implemented jointly by enterprises of Rosatom and the Russian Space Agency.


    VIENNA, September 14 - RIA Novosti. The state corporation "Rosatom" in 2018 will present a prototype nuclear reactor for energodvigatelnoy installation, which will be necessary for the implementation of projects for space exploration, told reporters, Deputy General Director of Rosatom - the director of the Bloc Vyacheslav Pershukov innovation management.

    In Russia in 2010 performed no analogues in the world, the project of creation of transport-energy module based on a nuclear power installation megawatt class. Technical solutions inherent in the concept of the module, will allow to solve a wide range of space applications, including the program of lunar exploration and research missions to distant planets, the creation of automated databases for them. The project is implemented jointly by enterprises of Rosatom and the Russian Space Agency.

    Chief Designer of the reactor installation and the coordinator of the work in favor of Rosatom JSC "Order of Lenin Research and Development Institute of Power Dollezhal name" (NIKIET). According to the annual report for 2014 NIKIET, prototyping reactor plant is scheduled to begin in 2016.

    "In 2018, according to the schedule, we must finally give a prototype nuclear reactor (for energodvigatelnoy installation) megawatt-class for space projects. And we do this, the obligations we will meet," - said Pershukov on the sidelines of the 59th General Conference of the IAEA

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Big_Gazza on Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:45 pm

    Proton-M/Block DM-03 launch successfully lofts Ekspress-AM8 telecomms bird for the Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC (now rebranded as Federal State Enterprise Kosmicheskaya Svyaz) cheers



    http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/09/14/proton-rocket-takes-off-with-express-am8-communications-bird/

    As usual, Anatoly Zak has a good write-up:

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/ekspress-am8.html

    Fingers crossed that Khrunichev have FINALLY sorted out their shortages of trained personnel and quality control issues, and this ridiculous "one failed proton per year" track record will fade to become a bad memory.

    Go Russia! russia

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:10 am

    Satellites of Russian start-up to be orbited by civil version of Satan ICBM

    Yaliny startup of Russia intends to create a constellation of satellites in orbit to provide global Internet access

    MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russia’s space start-up Yaliny that intends to create a constellation of satellites in orbit to provide global Internet access, has concluded an agreement with the international space company Kosmotras on the launch of its satellites using the Dnepr conversion rocket (based on the RS-20 ICBM - "Satan" by NATO’s reporting name), the Russian start-up said on Wednesday in a presentation on its website.

    A contract has been concluded with Kosmotras on launching test satellites, the company said.

    The presentation says the satellites will be launched in clusters - several spacecraft at a time will be orbited.

    In the period from 2017 to 2020, the Russian start-up intends to create a constellation of 144 satellites in a low Earth orbit (600 km), and build 40 Earth-based stations. The company intends to provide global mobile service at about $10 a month, with unlimited data, no roaming, or other charges and inconveniences. In order to provide it, the company is working on a telecommunication infrastructure based on low cost and highly efficient LEO (low earth orbit) satellites designed by it, says the presentation.

    The Company assesses the total project cost at $1.5 billion. The initial investment is much lower than that of the competitors - $1.5 billion against $7-10 billion, according to the presentation.

    Yaliny’s development programme will be presented in Moscow on Thursday.

    However, TASS has not been able to get a comment from Yaliny representatives or from Kosmotras.

    Dnepr is a three-stage liquid-fuelled rocket. Its first and second stages are nominal components of the RS-20 ballistic missile (SS-18 "Satan"). Kosmotras is engaged in modernising the RS-20B missiles developed in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine). Their launches are carried out from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan and from the Orenburg region of Russia.

    According to previous reports, Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency jointly with Arianespace and OneWeb signed an agreement on the launch of almost 700 satellites using 21 Soyuz carrier rockets. The satellites will also provide global communications and Internet access services.

    The International Space Company Kosmotras or ISC Kosmotras is a joint project between Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, established in 1997. It developed and now operates a commercial expendable launch system using the Dnepr rocket. ISC Kosmotras conducts Dnepr launches at both Baikonur Cosmodrome and at a new Yasny launch base in Dombarovskiy, Russia’s Orenburg region.


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Big_Gazza on Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:37 am

    Successful launch from Plesetsk of 3x military Rodnik "store and dump" communication satellites by Rokot/Briz-M on 23rd Sep 2015.

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/rodnik.html#2015


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:04 am

    In Voronezh ion engine designed for deep space

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:57 pm

    sepheronx wrote:In Voronezh ion engine designed for deep space

    Excellent!!!

    So in several years Russia will have both ion engine and 1MW space borne nuclear reactor to power it. thumbsup

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:59 pm


    "Russians to Get Rocket Fuel, Water, Oxygen from Ice on the Moon"

    http://sputniknews.com/science/20150926/1027590882/russia-to-derive-rocket-fuel-water-oxygen-from-lunar-ice.html#ixzz3msAYSPeq

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:17 am

    The engine for light rocket "Soyuz-2-1v" successfully tested

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  x_54_u43 on Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:40 am

    I wonder if this is the proper place to post this...

    http://vpk.name/news/141712_v_rossii_sozdali_dvigatel_dlya_vozdushnokosmicheskogo_samoleta.html

    "In Russia, created the engine for the aerospace plane"

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Kyo on Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:51 pm

    sdelanounas wrote:Roscosmos: spacecraft Turksat-4B launched into the target orbit

    October 17, 2015, at 08:52 MSK (Moscow Standard Time) telecommunications satellites Turksat-4B («Turksat-4B") cleanly separated from the upper stage "Breeze-M" at the target orbit and has been adopted by the management of the customer launch.
    Start "Proton-M" with the upper stage "Breeze-M" spacecraft and Turksat-4B was carried out by specialists of rocket-space industry of Russia with the launch pad 200 cosmodrome "Baikonur" at 23:40 MSK October 16, 2015.
    The launch was the fifth since the beginning of 2015 the successful launch of the space using a carrier rocket "Proton-M". Previous launch rocket "Proton-M" took place on September 14 with a Russian communications satellite "Express-AM8."
    Turksat-4B is the second telecommunications spacecraft created by Mitsubishi Electric (MELCO, Japan) for the Turkish satellite operator Turksat Satellite Communication, Cable TV and Operation AS. The new spacecraft will provide broadcasting and broadband services in Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Kyo on Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:38 pm

    Three astronauts from Russia, America and Germany were discussing which of their countries is the most pioneering in space. The Russian said ‘We are, as we were the first country to go into space’. The Americans argued ‘We are, as we were the first to put a man on the moon.’ The German said ‘We WILL be as we will be the first to land on the sun.’ The others argued that this isn’t possible as it would be too hot. The German, however, argued “We have already thought of this: we will fly at night!"

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Kyo on Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:42 pm

    Roscosmos Will Offer India and Other BRICS Countries a Joint Satellite System

    The basis of the proposal - a promising project of the upgraded satellite communications system Gonets, prepared by a minority shareholder of the company Dauria Aerospace stated to Izvestia an informed source in the Russian Space Agency. Today there are at least 48 satellites in low orbits, although the appearance of groups may be modified, depending on the wishes of the Indian partners or representatives of other BRICS countries, with which the project is also planned to discuss. Also, we will focus on the possibility of co-creation and operation of telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbit to provide fixed communications in remote areas with deficient communication systems.

    According to the source in the Russian Space Agency, the updated Gonets can be compared with satellite systems such as Iridium and OneWeb: the proposal is to achieve global coverage through the use of communication links between satellites (like Iridium) while providing high-speed internet access (up to 3 Mbps) to anywhere in the world.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt on Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:39 pm

    Olymp

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  max steel on Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:57 pm

    US crying foul as usual but interesting stuff.

    Does Russia Have War Bots in Space?


    Moscow’s latest satellites might be bashing into other orbiting things — on purpose.

    The world’s major powers follow an unwritten rule when it comes to space exploration: no weapons in orbit. But lately the three leading space nations—the US, China, and Russia—have been accused of ignoring this gentlemen’s agreement. Russia, especially.

    The accusations involve a trio of Russian satellites that may be “suicide” weapons, devices that can smash into and destroy other satellites. The craft are certainly suspicious. Russia did not announce the satellites or fully register them with the UN, as launch nations generally do. The craft practically dance around in orbit. One may even have collided with another object. To be fair, the satellites could be agile spy craft or repair drones. But it’s their potential as weapons that’s worrying.

    “You can probably equip them with lasers, maybe put some explosives on them,” Anatoly Zak, a space historian and journalist, told Quartz. “If [one] comes very close to some military satellite, it probably can do some harm.”

    Russia launched the craft in March from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, around 800 kilometers (497 miles) north of Moscow. Brian Weeden, a former officer in the US Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center, began tracking the satellites soon after. He described the behavior of Cosmos-2504, one of the trio, in a recent article for The Space Review ( Hell of an article must read).

    “The first maneuver was detected on Apr. 9, followed by a few more small maneuvers over the next week to bring it closer to the Briz-KM rocket body [that helped launch the satellite],” wrote Weeden, who is now an analyst with the Secure World Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates on space policy. “Between Apr. 15 and 16, Cosmos-2504 went from an estimated 4.4 kilometers (2.7 miles) above to 1.4 kilometers (.9 miles) below the Briz-KM.”

    That alone isn’t too alarming. Many nations have launched satellites that can maneuver between orbits. These craft can have peaceful uses, such as inspecting and repairing other satellites. But what happened during Cosmos-2504’s maneuvers was more interesting.

    “At some point during that pass, the Briz-KM’s orbit was disturbed by an unknown perturbation, which could have been the result of a minor collision between the two space objects. If it was, the impact was very slight and did not result in additional debris being generated.”

    If the collision was planned, it may well have been a military test. During a conflict, Russia could knock out other countries’ satellites—and by extension, those countries’ ability to communicate, navigate, and spy. The satellites join a list of craft that are not officially weapons, but certainly have military capabilities.

    America’s nimble X-37B, which first launched in 2010, is basically a quarter-size, robotic Space Shuttle. It’s officially a research craft designed to carry scientific experiments into orbit. Still, the X-37B has the maneuverability and flexibility to approach and tamper with other spacecraft.

    China’s SY-7, which launched in 2013, is equally provocative: it has an extendable claw that could literally tear apart other satellites.

    Yet of all these maneuverable craft, the new Russian satellites are among the most weapon-like. The collision function has no imaginable application besides destruction. And for anyone interested in keeping weapons out of space, that’s deeply troubling.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Kyo on Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:11 am

    Croc tears.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  max steel on Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:15 am

    Kyo wrote:Croc tears.


    But just read the articles i hyper-linked.Kind of surprised to see Russia making such superior space stuff and giving shivers down murika's spine let alone China.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:30 am

    max steel wrote:US crying foul as usual but interesting stuff.

    Does Russia Have War Bots in Space?

    ........................

    “You can probably equip them with lasers, maybe put some explosives on them,” Anatoly Zak, a space historian and journalist, told Quartz. “If [one] comes very close to some military satellite, it probably can do some harm.”

    ..........


    Funny how every time someone needs to take a dump on Russian space programme this filthy bitch always volunteers... sniper

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Kyo on Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:52 am

    max steel wrote:
    Kyo wrote:Croc tears.


    But just read the articles i hyper-linked.Kind of surprised to see Russia making such superior space stuff and giving shivers down murika's spine let alone China.
    Yep. Cool stuff. Heard some of it in the news, but hadn't the full picture. Thks.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  kvs on Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:13 am

    Kyo wrote:Croc tears.

    As if Russia needs to ask permission from America and its vassals and sycophants.

    Russia is never consulted on war preparations aimed squarely at it by NATO. So NATO can go and f*ck itself
    before Russia will be following some non-existent "gentleman's agreement" that only exists as a concoction of
    the NATO propaganda media.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:06 am

    kvs wrote:
    Kyo wrote:Croc tears.

    As if Russia needs to ask permission from America and its vassals and sycophants.  

    Russia is never consulted on war preparations aimed squarely at it by NATO.   So NATO can go and f*ck itself
    before Russia will be following some non-existent "gentleman's agreement" that only exists as a concoction of
    the NATO propaganda media.

    If I recall right both Russia and China urged America some 9 months ago to sign a multi-lateral agreement on militarization/weaponization of space, and the US refused to sign it.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  max steel on Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:34 pm

    Yup Mag

    U.S. Opposes New Draft Treaty from China and Russia Banning Space Weapons

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:29 pm

    Eight days aboard capsule as space flight experiment takes all-female flyers 'to the Moon'

    It's the latest in a lengthy series of tests carried out by Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems

    MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Six women aged from 22 to 34 embarked on a simulated flight to the Moon on Wednesday in a ground-based experiment conceived and monitored by Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems.

    Their eight-day unpaid Moon 2015 mission confronts them with 30 experiments aboard a mock-up environment of six cabins, kitchen, bathroom and gym akin to life on the International Space Station ISS.

    It's the latest in a lengthy series of tests carried out by institute specialists studying the effects on human physiology and emotions during life among the stars. The first mission, launched in 1967, replicated 12 months on a spacecraft.

    Life-support systems will sustain the crew as a list of journey tasks mounts a search for a missing moon rover and charts the progress of life-science experiments.

    Showers and make-up have been left behind outside the sealed capsule, explained uniformed crew members Tatiana Shiguyeva and Darya Komissarova before departure, noting an unfamiliar hygiene regime ahead for them but which is now commonplace for flyers aboard the ISS orbiter.

    So, too, is male company left behind, they add, assessing busy workdays ahead and leisure hours constrained for the time being to reading, games to play and films to watch.


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion

    Post  Zivo on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:15 am

    Russia Training Four Monkeys To Go To Mars In 2017

    Russians are aiming to be the first to send animals to Mars, and are training monkeys to be ready for a mission to the red planet by 2017.

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/100461/20151028/russia-training-four-monkeys-to-go-to-mars-in-2017.htm



    My understanding is that they want to test if living things can actually survive the six month trip through space it takes to reach mars.

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    Post  kvs on Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:00 am

    Zivo wrote:Russia Training Four Monkeys To Go To Mars In 2017

    Russians are aiming to be the first to send animals to Mars, and are training monkeys to be ready for a mission to the red planet by 2017.

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/100461/20151028/russia-training-four-monkeys-to-go-to-mars-in-2017.htm



    My understanding is that they want to test if living things can actually survive the six month trip through space it takes to reach mars.


    That is worthwhile but stupid at the same time.   Let the Americans get there via inertial navigation.   Russia needs to send the first propelled
    craft to Mars.   Use nuclear powered ion engines and produce at least a partial artificial gravity by accelerating to the mid point and then
    decelerating at that same rate.   They can get to Mars in under a month.   Now that would be impressive even if they don't land on the planet.

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