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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:45 am

    kvs wrote:

    So the thrust will be higher.   That is why there was talk about getting to Mars in under 2 months.

    now finally Rogozin can troll Musk lol1 lol1 lol1
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    Post  Hole on Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:57 am

    And use the Soyuz-5 to shoot a Aurus into space. Very Happy
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:34 am

    Hole wrote:And use the Soyuz-5 to shoot a Aurus into space. Very Happy

    respekt respekt respekt
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    Post  George1 on Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:00 am

    Flight trials of Soyuz-2.1v carrier rocket to be completed in 2019


    The Soyuz-2 carrier rocket will replace Soyuz-U rockets that were used at the Plesetsk spaceport from 1973 until 2012

    MOSCOW, March 9. /TASS/. Flight trials of the Soyuz-2.1v carrier rocket are planned to be completed in 2019, the Progress Rocket Space Center told TASS on Saturday.

    "Flight trials of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket stage 1v are planned to be completed in 2019," the center said.

    The Soyuz-2 carrier rocket will replace Soyuz-U rockets that were used at the Plesetsk spaceport from 1973 until 2012. In total, 435 launches of Soyuz-U carrier rockets were carried out from the spaceport over this time period, and around 430 spacecraft were delivered to the orbit. Soyuz-2.1v carrier rockets were launched from Plesetsk in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 as part of trials.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:00 am

    Russian space agency to cut cost of Proton-M rocket’s launch to Falcon 9’s level

    The Proton-M is a Russian heavy three-stage carrier rocket produced by the Khrunichev Space Rocket Center

    MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos will cut the cost of launching a Proton-M carrier rocket to the level of a US Falcon 9 (produced by SpaceX) through lower expenses on ground-based preparations, Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.

    "Proton-M rockets are about at the level of Falcons by their price. Now we have taken steps to reduce the cost of launch services for us by cutting some expenses on the Center for the Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure. That is, we can save funds on preparations for a launch," the Roscosmos chief said.

    "We will restore the competitiveness of Proton-M rockets compared to Falcons," he added.

    The Proton-M is a Russian heavy three-stage carrier rocket produced by the Khrunichev Space Rocket Center. As Khrunichev CEO Alexei Varochko said in an interview with the business daily Kommersant, Russia is holding talks with the UK-based OneWeb on selling 10 Proton-M launch vehicles.

    The production of Proton-M carrier rockets is expected to be over by the end of 2020 and their operation will come to a close in 2025. Protons will be replaced by new Angara heavy-class rockets.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:08 am

    Roscosmos chief discloses details of Russia’s new super-heavy carrier rocket

    The rocket’s conceptual design will be approved this year, according to Dmitry Rogozin

    MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Yenisei new super-heavy carrier rocket will be assembled using the principle of a building kit where each part of the launcher is an independent flight element, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.

    "It is necessary to act using the principle of the technological Lego: the rocket’s first, second and third stages should have their double or even triple application. That is, the super-heavy rocket will consist of components, each of which will have its flight practice," the Roscosmos chief said.


    As Rogozin said, "the rocket’s conceptual design will be approved this year, after which we will already switch to designing but de facto the super heavy rocket’s flight tests will begin from 2022 because Soyuz-5 rocket will start its flights at that time."

    The super-heavy carrier rocket’s first stage will consist of five-six blocks that make up a part of the first stage of the medium-class Soyuz-5 rocket (also known as the Irtysh). The engine of the Soyuz-5 rocket’s first stage, the RD-171MV, is already being prepared for its first ground start at the Energomash Research and Production Association, the Roscosmos chief said.

    "We proposed making the second stage of the super-heavy rocket on the basis of the engine that has unique flight statistics: this is the RD-180 engine, which we have been supplying to the United States since 1994. This engine is mounted on the Atlas rocket and we have had 85 successful launches," Rogozin said.

    The engine has undergone "the tightest qualification by US specialists while it has never been used aboard Russian rockets," Rogozin said.

    "We are planning to borrow the third stage from the Angara-5V rocket. It will be equipped with a hydrogen engine, which will boost the rocket’s lifting capacity by 10 tonnes, from 27 to 37 tonnes," the Roscosmos chief said.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:09 am

    Minimal cost of creation of Russian super-heavy booster is $11.6 billion


    The Russian super-heavy rocket Yenisei is to be first launched in 2028

    MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The minimal cost of the creation of the Russian super-heavy rocket Yenisei, which is to be first launched in 2028, is 740 billion rubles ($11.6 billion), Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told journalists.

    "I may name the minimal sum for you, but it is the sum for the first launch. The cost of all the works, including the creation of the launching pad for the super-heavy class, the building of the rocket, its preparation for the launch and the launch itself of a launching test vehicle, not even the craft, is about 740 billion rubles [$11.6 billion,]" the corporation’s head said.

    He specified that the Federal Space Program by 2025 has no funds for the creation of this program, but just includes the building of the Soyuz-5 rocket, the first stage of which will serve as a component for the super-heavy vehicle. The financing of the super-heavy rocket should be carried out under a separate program within the state program for the development of space activity, which would include resources for testing, designing, new headways, the launch of new development activities and land testing.

    "These solutions are possible only in case of stable financing. We have no printing machine in Roscosmos - you may walk through the building and you will not find it there. So, everything will depend on the degree to which the financial-economic bloc of the Russian government will be ready to secure the implementation of the president’s decree," he added.


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:38 am

    Roscosmos chief says Soyuz MS version for flights to Moon to cost $400 mln

    The Soyuz was initially designed as a spacecraft for the Moon’s exploration and, therefore, it has the potential to boost its thermal and radiation protection, the Roscosmos chief said

    MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The creation of the Soyuz MS spacecraft’s version with the enhanced thermal and radiation shield for flights to the Moon will cost about $400 million, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.

    The Soyuz was initially designed as a spacecraft for the Moon’s exploration and, therefore, it has the potential to boost its thermal and radiation protection, the Roscosmos chief said.

    "We are now considering using this spacecraft for flights around the Moon, including as a commercial project. The project’s initial cost may equal about $400 million: this involves creating the spacecraft and organizing one mission," Rogozin said.

    A modernized Soyuz spacecraft can be launched to the Moon using a two-launch scheme: an upgraded Soyuz spaceship is launched aboard a Soyuz carrier rocket and is temporarily docked with the International Space Station (ISS) and then a booster is launched with the help of an Angara heavy rocket. After that, the booster and the spaceship are assembled on the orbital outpost, after which they make a flight around the Moon, perform a gravitational maneuver and return to Earth," Rogozin said.

    From the viewpoint of thermal and radiation protection, a modernized Soyuz spacecraft will feature "actually a second hull," the Roscosmos chief said.

    The Roscosmos chief earlier said that NASA had requested Russia to develop the Soyuz spacecraft’s version for flights to the Moon to have a backup space transportation system. The United States plans to implement the Deep Space Gateway program with the participation of other countries to create a permanent lunar orbital station to regularly receive spacecraft from Earth.


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    i thought "Federation" was for moon orbit.
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:44 am

    George1 wrote:Russian space agency to cut cost of Proton-M rocket’s launch to Falcon 9’s level

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    good move, especially when Roscosmoss will keep on making (and selling)  Protons till heavy Angara is operational.


    Proton-M ...LEO..............23t
    Falcon-9.....LEO..............22,8t




    George1 wrote:

    "We are now considering using this spacecraft for flights around the Moon, including as a commercial project. The project’s initial cost may equal about $400 million: this involves creating the spacecraft and organizing one mission," Rogozin said.


    i thought "Federation" was for moon orbit.


    me too. Maybe this is about commercial low investment in space tourism project? or fall-back option when budgets are significantly cut? unshaven unshaven unshaven


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    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:15 am

    George1 wrote:...i thought "Federation" was for moon orbit.

    It was NASA that requested this platform to be developed as a backup for flights to cis-lunar station

    Looks like nobody is in the hurry to put the old horse out to pasture

    Should be simple enough so why not make it as long as they don't screw up Federation development (serious possibility)
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    Post  GunshipDemocracy on Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:47 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    George1 wrote:...i thought "Federation" was for moon orbit.

    It was NASA that requested this platform to be developed as a backup for flights to cis-lunar station

    Looks like nobody is in the hurry to put the old horse out to pasture

    Should be simple enough so why not make it as long as they don't screw up Federation development (serious possibility)

    true, NASA asking for this as fall back is supa-dupa tech from new projects fail...



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    Post  PapaDragon on Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:00 pm


    I'll believe it when I see it but news is news:

    First Liftoff of Russia's New Soyuz-5 Launcher Scheduled for 2nd Half of 2022

    https://sputniknews.com/science/201904211074316476-soyuz-launch-roscosmos-russia/
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    Post  Gazputin on Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:38 am

    must be why S-7 has trashed its Zenit rocket orders …. they need to modify the Zenit launch sites to fit Soyuz-5 which is a wider diameter etc
    and that is probably why the talk of the Sealaunch moving to East Russia have surfaced … as it will be modified too to launch Soyuz-5
    instead of Zenit …. Zenit is history

    lets face it Soyuz-5 is just a slightly fatter Zenit …. same engines …. same upper stage ….. they have gone to the Proton width rocket as its easier to retool … saving time and money …. and you can stick more fuel etc in it …. and you can use all the existing upper stage cones etc
    makes sense to me

    they need to keep Proton pads until 2024 … because Vostochny Angara pad … is behind schedule

    and ... and ... and .... its like dominos isn't it

    they say Soyuz-5 will replace Soyuz-2 .... to me its replacing Zenit
    Angara is replacing Proton .... re toxic rocket fuels used
    Soyuz-2 ... will probably re in production forever ...

    interesting launch manifest here .... Soyuz-2 launches .... everywhere
    Soyuz-5 is there for late 2022 ...
    extra modules for the ISS .... Lunar mission bits ... even the nuclear power TEM ....
    for a space program "close to collapse" they look snowed under to me ?

    http://www.sworld.com.au/steven/space/russia-man.txt


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    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:03 am

    Russian space firm launches production of new Soyuz-5 carrier rocket


    The Soyuz-5 rocket is designed for launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as part of the Baiterek joint project with Kazakhstan

    SAMARA, May 31. /TASS/. The Progress Space Rocket Center based in Samara in the Volga area has launched the production of a new Soyuz-5 carrier rocket, Progress CEO Dmitry Baranov said on Friday.

    "Now we have launched the production of [fuel] tanks of the Soyuz-5 carrier rocket. We have no right to disrupt the deadline of the rocket’s production and believe we are able to comply with it," the chief executive said.

    The Soyuz-5 (Irtysh) medium-class carrier rocket is being developed by Energia Space Rocket Corporation. The rocket is designed for launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as part of the Baiterek joint project with Kazakhstan.

    The Soyuz-5 will be able to deliver the promising manned Federatsiya spacecraft into a low near-Earth orbit. The Soyuz-5 is set to be developed by 2021. During the new rocket’s flight tests, its four launches are planned to be carried out in 2022-2025.

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    Russia developing Soyuz-5 rocket to capture commercial launch market


    The Soyuz-5 medium-class carrier rocket is being developed by Energia Space Rocket Corporation

    MOSCOW, May 31. /TASS/. Russia is creating its new Soyuz-5 carrier rocket to capture the market of commercial launches. The new rocket will be competitive price-wise with its US rivals, Chief of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.

    "We have some reserve potential as well and we are ready to compete with them. The Soyuz-5 rocket is aimed at capturing the commercial market, and not only for solving state objectives. It should be competitive price-wise so that even with all our rivals’ economic policy tricks, they won’t be able to cut it to a level that could pose a challenge to us," Rogozin said.

    As was reported on Thursday, the US Department of Defense included Russia in the list of countries whose services cannot be used after December 31, 2022 in carrying out space launches. A notification to this effect was uploaded by the Pentagon’s Federal Acquisition Regulation System to the website of the Federal Register - the daily journal of the US Government.

    The Soyuz-5 (Irtysh) medium-class carrier rocket is being developed by Energia Space Rocket Corporation. The rocket is designed for launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome as part of the Baiterek joint project with Kazakhstan. The Soyuz-5 will be able to deliver the promising manned Federatsiya spacecraft into a low near-Earth orbit.

    The Soyuz-5 is set to be developed by 2021. During the new rocket’s flight tests, its four launches are planned to be carried out in 2022-2025.


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