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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  max steel on Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:48 pm

    Upgraded Proton rocket to be launched on April 28

    The first launch of an upgraded version of the Proton-M carrier rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for the end of April, a source in the space rocket industry told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

    "By now, the Proton-M has passed three stages of modernization in order to raise its energy potentials. The first launch of the Proton-M of the fourth, last stage of modernization, has been slated for April 28," the source said.

    This launch is expected to put in orbit the Intelsat 31 telecommunications satellite, he said.

    "The Proton-M rocket of the fourth stage of modernization, using a Briz-M upper stage, will be able to deliver a satellite of up to 6,300 kilograms to a transit orbit before the geostationary one," the source said.

    The first launch of the Proton-M rocket of the first stage of modernization was in 2004, the second stage in 2007, and the third one in 2009, the source said.


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:16 am

    Τhis is the 3rd Resurs-P satellite that has been launched



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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:01 pm

    Sad news one of the Solar Panels of Resours-P has failed to deploy

    http://www.interfax.ru/world/498318

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:03 pm

    BAIKONUR, March 14. /TASS/. The space vehicles of the Russian-European inter-planetary mission ExoMars-2016 have successfully separated from the third stage of Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket, the State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS on Monday.

    The Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with the spacecraft of the ExoMars inter-planetary mission blasted off earlier on Monday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

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    http://tass.ru/en/science/862092



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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Vann7 on Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:49 am

    One of the most important events for Russia ,in decades ,for its space program ,
    the exo mars 2016 mission and what the Russian Governments does to advertise that
    mission in coperation with the European Space agency?
    a 2 minutes video on ruptly.  Neutral

    Ellos Mosk with his reverse landing event..made a hell lot more noise in promotion than
    Russia travel to mars..




    i just dont understand what is wrong with the Russian government
    is full of Idiots ,and incompetence that do not understand how important is ADVERTISING
    and promotion of its own nation Space program in such important events like this.
    IMHO this is more important than the stupid BRICS or any Gold Olympics , because is
    an historical mission to mars. Not saying that they should celebrate too much yet until mission
    reach mars . But at least they could have done MUCH BETTER than a stupid ruptly video of 2minutes without any interviews of coverage of what is going on. RT cover it in just one page but only reported it very briefly .  

    here is the so so report of this.. just another day for Russia space program.  No

    https://www.rt.com/news/335508-space-eu-russia-mars/


    This is depressing ,for sure in the west not even will be reported Russia being part
    of the mission , just like it wasn't reported when NASA reach pluto in their New Horizons
    mission in atlas V.. which use  --> Russian-built RD-180 engines.   Neutral

    neither the many missions of NASA in mars using Russian engines.  Neutral

    A Perfect example of idiocy and incompetence. this is what i think of the Russian Gov in
    promoting their nation development and relevance in the world. i have seen better advertisements of toilet paper in the west ,than Roscosmos advertisement of its space program.


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:07 am

    ExoMars team has long wait to confirm launch success



    Artist’s concept of the Proton rocket’s payload fairing releasing in flight, revealing the ExoMars spacecraft. Credit: ESA–David Ducros

    It will take more than 12 hours from liftoff of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter until engineers verify the mission is on track for Mars after a series of critical in-space maneuvers by the Proton rocket’s Breeze M upper stage.

    The Proton/Breeze M launcher has never sent a mission to Mars before, but while the flight profile is different most of the rocket’s missions, the ExoMars launch will not set records in mission duration or complexity.

    The 191-foot-tall (58-meter) Russian-built rocket is counting down to launch at 0931:42 GMT (5:31:42 a.m. EST) on Europe’s most ambitious mission ever to another planet.

    While the marathon rocket mission is not unusual to commercial communications satellite operators who often use the Proton/Breeze M, it is new to scientists and engineers mounting a Mars mission.

    Jorge Vago, an Argentine-born researcher, leads the science aspects of the ExoMars mission for the European Space Agency.

    He spoke with Spaceflight Now on the eve of the launch of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli lander, a tandem craft that ranks among the most massive probes ever dispatched to the red planet.

    “It’s a mixture of being happy that we’ve gotten to this moment, and I’m also nervous, of course,” Vago said in an interview.

    Packaged atop the Proton rocket are the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a platform designed to map the prevalence of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and the Schiaparelli lander, a stationary module that will make an automated touchdown on the red planet Oct. 19.

    “A launch is always a tricky affair, and in particular the trajectory injection that requires four burns of the Breeze upper stage over a 10-hour period,” Vago said. “Each one of those has to work just fine to put us on the right trajectory to get to Mars.”

    The Proton rocket will pitch east-northeast from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the ExoMars spacecraft, soaring on more than 2 million pounds of thrust from six first stage RD-276 engines.

    The major events of the ExoMars launch are listed below:

       T+00:00:00 — Liftoff
       T+00:02:00 — First Stage Separation/Second Stage Ignition
       T+00:05:27 — Second Stage Separation/Third Stage Ignition
       T+00:05:47 — Payload Fairing Jettison
       T+00:09:42 — Third Stage Separation from Breeze M
       T+00:10:16 — First Breeze M Ignition
       T+01:38:04 — Second Breeze M Ignition
       T+03:52:16 — Third Breeze M Ignition
       T+10:16:10 — Fourth Breeze M Ignition
       T+10:41:18 — ExoMars Separation

    “It’s not just a case of watching the launch, and then saying, ‘Yippee, everything went OK,'” Vago said. “We have and sit and bite our nails for another 10 hours.”

    The Breeze M main engine firings will propel the ExoMars payload higher and faster on the way to Mars, building up enough energy to escape the bonds of Earth’s gravity.

    Deployment of the 9,550-pound (4,332-kilogram) ExoMars spacecraft from the Breeze M upper stage is set for 2012 GMT (4:12 p.m. EDT).

    “Shortly thereafter, we will deploy the solar panels,” Vago said. “Once that has happened, and we know that the Breeze upper stage worked OK, then I think we can pop the cork.”

    Ground controllers at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, expect to receive signals from the Trace Gas Orbiter around 2128 GMT (5:28 p.m. EDT) via a ground station in Malindi, Kenya. The communications pass will give engineers confirmation the spacecraft is healthy following launch, and officials also hope to verify the extension of the orbiter’s power-generating solar panels.

    Often used to propel communications satellites into high-altitude orbits thousands of miles above Earth, the Proton/Breeze M combo has flown 87 times since 2001. The Proton’s core booster has been flying since 1965, amassing 410 missions launching commercial and Russian military satellites.

    But the launcher’s track record in recent years has been spotty, at best, with six failures of the Proton rocket or its Breeze M upper stage logged in 49 flights since December 2010. The Proton/Breeze M has a run of six straight successes since its last mishap in May 2015.

    Two of the recent failures were blamed on a design flaw in the Proton’s third stage — a weakness that Russian officials say has now been corrected — and investigators identified quality control issues for other in-flight anomalies.

    “ESA got a report of the last failure and all the measurements they have taken, and they are strongly committed to not allowing this to happen again,” said Walter Cugno, ExoMars program manager at Thales Alenia Space, the mission’s primary European contractor.

    Russia has a star-crossed history with launches of Mars missions, with the last two attempts never making it out of low Earth orbit.

    European space officials switched the ExoMars launches to Russian Proton rockets after NASA withdrew from the program in 2012 due to funding restrictions within the agency’s planetary science budget.

    NASA originally signed up to launch the 2016 and 2018 missions aboard Atlas 5 rockets from Cape Canaveral.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Big_Gazza on Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:26 am

    Exomars (TGO & Schiaparelli) launch is CONFIRMED!!!   russia russia russia russia

    http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/03/13/exomars-2016-launch-mission-status-center/



      07:29  ExoMars separation

      ExoMars separation confirmed! The Mars-bound spacecraft has been released from the Proton rocket's Breeze M upper stage after the rocket completed a fourth and final maneuver to propel itself out of the grasp of Earth's gravity.

      The fourth burn was supposed to put the ExoMars spacecraft on an escape trajectory.

      ESA has confirmed the fourth burn and ExoMars separation, but the status of the spacecraft will not be known until around 2128 GMT (5:28 p.m. EDT), when it radios ground controllers via communications site in Kenya.




    Subsequently, contact has been made with the ExoMars probe.  Both solar panels are confirmed as deployed correctly.

    $#@&, but is GOOD to see the Mars gremlins of the last 20 years put to bed....    and the trolls will no longer be able to sneer that "Russia hasn't sent anything beyond LEO for 25 years...."


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:11 am

    Russian manned spacecraft docks with International Space Station

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  PapaDragon on Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:49 am


    Russia's Rosatom Receives First Batch of Fuel for Space Nuclear Engine

    Rosatom is expected to reveal an experimental prototype of a nuclear reactor for the space engine in 2018, according to an official statement.


    http://sputniknews.com/business/20160321/1036691748/russia-rosatom-fuel.html

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Rosatom state-run nuclear energy corporation obtained on Monday the first batch of experimental fuel for nuclear electric rocket under development in the country, the corporation said in a statement.
    According to Rosatom, the fuel is required for deep space exploration.

    Rosatom is expected to reveal an experimental prototype of a nuclear reactor for the space engine in 2018.

    Russia has been developing a unique project to create a transport and energy unit on the basis of a megawatt-class nuclear electric propulsion since 2010.

    The propulsion includes a nuclear reactor and systems, required to produce the necessary heat, as well as for reactor control and protection. Technical solutions included in the concept of the unit will allow to solve a wide range of space tasks, including research programs of the Moon and distant planets.


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:45 am

    MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Russia’s Progress M-29M cargo spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on March 29 after which will fly autonomously for about a week as a scientific laboratory, the Mission Control Center (MCC) outside Moscow told TASS on Monday.

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    http://tass.ru/en/science/863950


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:23 am

    Russian Space Program Until 2025 to Cost Some $20.5 Billion

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_Space_Program_Until_2025_to_Cost_Some_20_5_Billion_999.html


    Is there any information on what are the details of this program like what is approved , how many satellites etc etc

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:27 am

    Yuri Gagarin Commemorated As Roscosmos State Corporation Declares 2016 Is the "Year of Gagarin"

    http://www.inquisitr.com/2894163/yuri-gagarin-commemorated-as-roscosmos-state-corporation-declares-2016-is-the-year-of-gagarin/

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:49 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Russia's Rosatom Receives First Batch of Fuel for Space Nuclear Engine

    Rosatom is expected to reveal an experimental prototype of a nuclear reactor for the space engine in 2018, according to an official statement.


    http://sputniknews.com/business/20160321/1036691748/russia-rosatom-fuel.html

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Rosatom state-run nuclear energy corporation obtained on Monday the first batch of experimental fuel for nuclear electric rocket under development in the country, the corporation said in a statement.
    According to Rosatom, the fuel is required for deep space exploration.

    Rosatom is expected to reveal an experimental prototype of a nuclear reactor for the space engine in 2018.

    Russia has been developing a unique project to create a transport and energy unit on the basis of a megawatt-class nuclear electric propulsion since 2010.

    The propulsion includes a nuclear reactor and systems, required to produce the necessary heat, as well as for reactor control and protection. Technical solutions included in the concept of the unit will allow to solve a wide range of space tasks, including research programs of the Moon and distant planets.


    Lots of real world action for a vapourware project Laughing

    I hope by 2030 they will have these engines deployed for an active propulsion (not inertial guidance) flight to Mars.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:51 pm

    Austin wrote:Russian Space Program Until 2025 to Cost Some $20.5 Billion

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_Space_Program_Until_2025_to_Cost_Some_20_5_Billion_999.html


    Is there any information on what are the details of this program like what is approved , how many satellites etc etc

    $20.5/10 = $2.05 billion per year, very cheap.

    Satellites are mostly commercial so this budget does not determine their number.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Rmf on Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:00 pm

    kvs wrote:
    Austin wrote:Russian Space Program Until 2025 to Cost Some $20.5 Billion

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_Space_Program_Until_2025_to_Cost_Some_20_5_Billion_999.html


    Is there any information on what are the details of this program like what is approved , how many satellites etc etc

    $20.5/10 = $2.05 billion per year, very cheap.

    Satellites are mostly commercial so this budget does not determine their number.  
    very cheap? fanboyizm at best, they slashed many satelite launches and manned missions to moon were postponed to 2030s .... cry
    with american private satelite launchers taking over commercial sector russian space is in big problems.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:21 pm

    In "Roskosmos" denied rumors about the explosion of the upper stage "Breeze-M" project "exomars"
    03.30.2016 12:58:34
    Moscow. 30th of March. Interfax - Head of "Roscosmos" Igor Komarov denied reports in the media about the alleged explosion of the upper stage "Breeze-M" project "exomars".
    "It did not explode," - he told reporters I.Komarov.
    He noted that all the envisaged cyclogram operations were performed successfully.
    "All cyclogram provided flight operations have been successfully completed received telemetry data indicate a high accuracy of performance, without incident." - I.Komarov said.
    Carrier rocket "Proton-M" with the device ExoMars and the upper stage "Breeze-M" was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 14 during the day. At 23:13 Moscow time ExoMars spacecraft separated from the upper stage "Breeze-M". March 15 reported that experts Mission Control Center (MCC) received the first signal from the scientific apparatus. "The day was difficult, but he ends up, launch vehicle successfully fulfilled and completed its task", - informed the reporters then head of state corporation Roscosmos Igor Komarov.

    http://militarynews.ru/story.asp%3Frid%3D1%26nid%3D407654

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:08 pm

    and who is the numbnuts who claimed it blew up?

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:32 pm

    sepheronx wrote:and who is the numbnuts who claimed it blew up?

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/exomars2016-eop.html

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:34 pm

    Surprise surprise. Didn't he now just made himself even less credible?

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:14 am

    sepheronx wrote:Surprise surprise. Didn't he now just made himself even less credible?

    Those "photos" he has on his site are a joke. He thinks that he can tell that these are actually fragments of Breeze-M and
    not paint chips or other irrelevant crap.

    From a more sinister view, this could have been a failed sabotage attempt. But of course Atlanticist Zak will never entertain
    such a theory since everything is always a "Russian epic fail". Zak is a transparent racist.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:38 am

    But since this is a euro Russia project, many would have publicized this. So this Zak guy made a real amateur error in such claims.

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:46 am

    Russia plans to build lunar base in 2030-2035 — space corporation

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:14 pm

    Head of space agency: Russia is undisputed leader in launch services market

    MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Russia ranks second to none in the world on the launch services and engine market as it administers more than 40% of all space launches, according to the Head of Roscosmos State Corporation Igor Komarov speaking with RT TV news channel.

    "There are areas where Russia is an undisputed leader, particularly launch vehicles and launch services. This is where we are number one by a large margin, administering about 40% of all space launches worldwide," Komarov said.


    Also, Russia leads the pack on the engine market, and in the area of manned space programs, he said, adding though that there are areas where "we’ve got room for improvement, and we could certainly learn a thing or two from our competitors in areas such as spacecraft quality, communications, or earth remote sensing systems."


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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:15 pm

    Interview with Roscosmos head

    ‘Looking from outer space, you don't see any borders on Earth’ – Roscosmos head to RT

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    Re: Russia: Space News and Discussion #2

    Post  Project Canada on Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:09 am

    Space Firm: Russia to Shift All Lunar Launches to Vostochny Cosmodrome

    http://sputniknews.com/russia/20160411/1037819163/russia-vostocny-lunar-program.html#ixzz45ZAbsSGp

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