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    Russia to spend $2.8 bln on space program in 2017 — draft

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:03 am

    Russia to spend $2.8 bln on space program in 2017 — draft

    The draft stipulates allocating $1.5 billion for implementation of the federal space program

    MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Russia’s draft federal budget for 2017 envisages allocating about 173.24 billion rubles (about $2.8 billion) on space activity, according to the document posted on the federal web portal of draft regulatory acts on Wednesday.

    Specifically, the addendum to the draft federal law for 2017 and for the planned period of 2018 and 2019 stipulates allocating 92.46 billion rubles ($1.5 billion) for the implementation of the federal space program and slightly over 21 billion rubles ($335 million) on the target program of the development of spaceports. Over 1.2 billion rubles ($19 million) is expected to be spent next year on maintaining the potential of the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

    Also, about 38.33 billion rubles ($612 million) is slated for the 2012-2020 targeted program to maintain, develop and use the GLONASS satellite navigation system next year, according to the draft federal budget.

    It follows from the document that over 2.2 billion rubles ($35 million) is expected to be allocated from the federal budget to finance the creation of a megawatt transport and energy module with a nuclear propulsion system.

    Another 1.95 billion rubles ($31 million) are expected to be spent on "performing the functions to select and train" cosmonauts, the draft document says.

    As many as 622.33 million rubles ($9.9 million) are stipulated in the draft federal budget for next year to insure risks and liability during the launches and flight tests of spacecraft.

    Subsidies for the State Space Corporation Roscosmos will amount to 314.87 million rubles ($5 million), the draft document says.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  franco on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:07 pm

    The Russian military will receive space-based radar system

    The Russian military plans to deploy in Earth orbit constellation of radar satellites of the five exploration spacecraft. The first satellite-radar with active phased array is planned for launch in 2019. The agreement was signed by the Ministry of Defense and Lavochkin. About this newspaper "Izvestia" , citing a source in the command of air and space forces of Russia.

    First, the complex will consist of two spacecraft, then the orbit will be launched three more.

    The new system of electronic surveillance will be located at an altitude of about two thousand kilometers. It will allow the military to "see" live images on the ground in sub-meter resolution. The vagaries of the weather should not affect the quality of the transmitted information.

    In addition, radar satellites have an accurate 3D-model of the Earth necessary for flight missions cruise missiles.

    Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported that in addition to the orbital satellites, radar group until 2018, more than ten new laser-optical and radio space object recognition systems will be deployed on the territory of Russia.

    From the beginning, the officers of the main intelligence center space situation found and taken to support more than 650 space objects, to control of the in-orbit delivery of more than 180 satellites and termination ballistic existence of 60 space objects.

    VCS Experts issued six warnings on dangerous close encounters of space debris and meteorites Russian satellites constellation, including the International Space Station. It is possible to avoid collisions in orbit. Total duty force ground automated complex FSI Russian control had more than 420,000 sessions with Russian spacecraft constellation.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:07 pm

    Russia plans to test elements of new nuclear engine on ISS

    A transport energy module based on a megawatt-class nuclear propulsion unit is expected to be ready for tests by the end of 2018

    MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos has announced a tender for developing proposals on testing key elements of a megawatt-class nuclear propulsion system, including aboard the International Space Station (ISS), according to the tender documentation posted on the state procurement website on Thursday.

    Specifically, Roscosmos expects to receive "proposals on the rational structure of key elements, systems and items of a perspective nuclear propulsion unit intended for tests in outer space, including with the use of the ISS’ Russian segment.

    According to the tender documentation, Roscosmos is ready to allocate more than 264 million rubles (about $4 million) for this work.

    The winner of the tender is expected to be announced on October 28.

    As of now, only the Keldysh Research Center has submitted its bid for this work.

    The works on creating a transport energy module based on a megawatt-class nuclear propulsion unit were approved by the Russian presidential commission for modernization and technological development of the Russian economy in 2009.

    By the end of 2018, the energy propulsion unit should be prepared for flight and design tests.

    It was reported earlier that 3.8 billion rubles ($60 million) would be allocated from the budget for developing a nuclear propulsion unit in 2016-2018. Roscosmos is the project’s customer and the Keldysh Research Center is its contractor. The contract should be fulfilled by November 2018.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:20 pm

    Moscow to Mull Building Russian Orbital Station in Spring 2017
    Russian Aviaton » Wednesday November 16, 2016 16:02 MSK

    The proposal to establish a Russian national orbiting space station to replace the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 will most likely be debated by the government next spring, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Wednesday.

    "Within the field of view is the idea proposed by our scientists to create a national orbital space station instead of the ISS. But this is a pending issue associated with political and technical issues. It will be probably decided in spring 2017," Rogozin told reporters.

    Russia's space industry development strategy into 2030 should be developed in the next 90 days, Rogozin said.

    "The draft space activity strategy was reported by [Roscosmos State Corporation head Igor] Komarov. The government needs to adopt the strategy in the next three months," he told reporters.

    Russia-US work on the International Space Station beyond 2024 will depend on Moscow’s cooperation with the new US administration, the deputy prime minister said.

    "Much will depend on the political moments in relations with the Americans, with the new administration. It will be discussed," he said.

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:15 pm

    MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences have started drafting the concept of a future national structure expected to issue warnings of potentially dangerous space objects, the director of the Russian Academy’s Institute of Astronomy, Boris Shustov, has told TASS.

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 24, 2016 1:18 pm

    First woman in space says Russians will be first on Mars

    The first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova told a forum she would have been ready to go to the Red Planet herself, if it was not for her age

    YAROSLAVL, November 21. /TASS/. The first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova said on Monday she believed Russians would be the first to land on Mars and she would have been ready to go to the Red Planet herself, if it was not for her age.

    Tereshkova made this statement at the All-Russian gifted children forum titled: "Future Intellectual Leaders of Russia."

    "I believe that we’ll be the first on Mars after all. Look, they are using sanctions against us but Americans fly aboard our space vehicles with the help of our carrier rockets and are not going to create their own spaceships," Tereshkova said.

    The world’s first female cosmonaut said she had long dealt with the theme of Mars and "had studied this planet specially."

    "It is regrettable that years are passing. Otherwise, I would have not ceded the place [in the spacecraft]," the Soviet female cosmonaut said in reply to a question about whether she would fly to Mars.

    The audience greeted her with a storm of applause.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  franco on Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:49 pm

    Some updates from the Space Forces Command;

    - major upgrades to OKNA and Krona space surveillance systems. The range of OKNA has been increased to 50,000 kms from 40,000.
    - new Glonass K satellites to have a life of 10 years, 2.5 x the old ones.
    - Voronezh installations should be completed and operational by the end of 2019. Four are presently on combat duty, 3 others are coming on duty and the last two are under construction.
    - The space monitoring locations in Crimea, Altai, Buryatia and the Far East are to receive major upgrades.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:00 am

    franco wrote:Some updates from the Space Forces Command;

    - new Glonass K satellites to have a life of 10 years, 2.5 x the old ones.

    They must have finally abandoned the pressurized vessel format for their satellites. For some bizarre reason
    the USSR did not develop vacuum-exposed satellites and chose to package the electronics in a pressurized air
    box. The short life was due to this box leaking out its air and not the longevity of the electronics and other
    components.

    Of course all instruments exposed to the vacuum must be designed and tested in vacuum chambers on Earth.
    But this is not a technology Russia cannot handle.

    OK... just found a link that confirms my speculation:

    http://spaceflight101.com/spacecraft/glonass-k1/
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:32 pm

    Air defense unit in Siberia apparently saw two falling fragments of Progress spacecraft

    A cargo space vehicle of the Progress serie has been lost at an altitude of 190 kilometers


    YEKATERINBURG, December 2. /TASS/. An air defense unit of Russia’s Central Military District stationed in West Siberia says that on Thursday evening it identified two objects within its area of responsibility that may turn out to be fragments of the Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft, Central Military District spokesman, Yaroslav Roshchupkin, has told TASS.

    "Radio-technical means of the Central Military District’s air defense unit on December 1 identified two flying objects on radar screens at 17:56 and 17:57 Moscow time. Specialists studied their flight paths to arrive at the conclusion with nearly 100% certainty that the objects were fragments of the Progress spacecraft," Roshchupkin said.

    Military personnel are not involved in search operations, the Central Military District said.

    A cargo space vehicle of the Progress series, launched from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan at 17:51 Moscow time on Thursday was lost at an altitude of 190 kilometers over the Tyva region. Most of its fragments burned down in the atmosphere.

    According to some reports several fragments may have reached the Earth’s surface in a sparsely populated area 60-80 kilometers west of the city of Kyzyl. Search groups of the Emergencies Ministry have inspected territories around four communities in the Ulug-Khem, Chaa-Khol and Sut-Khol districts of Tyva to find nothing.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:58 pm

    Russian astronomers fail to detect meteorite’s crash in Siberia

    The meteorite went undetected as there are not enough astronomical observatories in Siberia

    NOVOSIBIRSK, December 7. /TASS/. The meteor seen on Tuesday night in the city of Sayanogorsk, in Russia’s Siberian Republic of Khakassia, went undetected by ground telescopes as there are not enough astronomical observatories in Siberia, the Novosibirsk Planetarium’s Director, Sergei Maslikov, told TASS on Wednesday.

    "No one carries out astronomic research in that area, unfortunately. Krasnoyarsk is the closest city but there is neither a planetarium, nor an observatory there," he said.

    Maslikov elaborated that the observatories closest to Khakassia were located in Novosibirsk and Irkutsk. "We could not see it here. In Irkutsk, the skies are constantly observed but Irkutsk is also rather far. I don’t think Irkutsk’s residents could see the meteor since it was smaller than the one that had crashed in the Chelyabinsk region, so it could have been seen in a limited area," Maslikov added.

    A source in the Astronomical Observatory of the Irkutsk State University confirmed to TASS that they had not detected any celestial bodies.

    The director of the Novosibirsk planetarium also said that comets were constantly observed from space as these observations were of great interest to astronomers. "We should now what celestial bodies come down from space and in what numbers. We know the approximate numbers but not specific figures," Maslikov noted.

    According to him, ‘shooting stars’ come down from space almost every day but they usually fall away from human settlements, into the oceans or deep forests.

    As the Sayanogorsk city website reported on December 6, a falling star considered to be an meteorite landed in the region of Khakassia, presumably in the Babik valley near Sayanogorsk.

    The meteorite that hit the ground in Khakassia was not detected by the multichannel monitoring telescope (MMT) aimed at searching for quick-changing and fast-moving space objects, researcher officer of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science, head of the MMT project Grigory Beskin told TASS earlier. He added that a multichannel system was capable of detecting such meteorites at a height of around 100 kilometers provided the meteorite would be flying not more than several dozen kilometers from the observatory. To cover the entire territory of the country, a vast network containing scores of such telescopes is necessary, Beskin said.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:16 pm

    Russsian cosmonaut reveals details about future international station in Moon’s orbit

    The International Space Station consists of fifteen modules, five of which are Russian

    MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. A future international space station that may be put in orbit around the Moon will be one-fourth or even one-fifth the size of the International Space Station currently orbiting the Earth, the chief of the Manned Programs Center at the space industry’s main research institute, cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, has told TASS.

    "The discussion over plans for creating an international station in the Moon’s orbit is in the initial phase. Pre-project talks are being held by the ISS partner countries at the working group level. The purpose of the station will be to create a near-Moon infrastructure for subsequent exploration and development of the Moon. Currently the station is seen as a small visitable orbiter consisting of three or four modules in the Moon’s polar highly elliptical orbit," he said.

    The International Space Station consists of fifteen modules, five of which are Russian.

    Kotov said a future lunar space station will help polish technologies crucial to exploring the Moon and deep space. In particular, it may explore the Moon’s surface using rovers and landing probes.

    "The lunar station is regarded as an international project and this is very good, because it would be very wrong to neglect the experience of international cooperation in designing and operating the ISS accumulated over years when the ISS life cycle is over.
    Russia’s lunar plans

    Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that on presidential instructions work had begun on technical documents for creating an extra-heavy space rocket that will make it possible to start creating a visitable or inhabitable research laboratory in the Moon’s orbit.

    In the spring of 2016 it was announced that Russia’s Energia and the United States’ Boeing corporation were working jointly on two concepts of a lunar station - two smaller livable modules or one larger module. The current proposal is NASA’s future SLS super-heavy space rocket would be used to take lunar station components and crew to an orbit around the Moon. If the multi-modular project is selected, the modules will be launched in combination with a US spacecraft Orion (also being developed by NASA).

    In either case the station will have a crew of four. The duration of space missions will last 30 to 360 days. Missions to the Moon will be dispatched once a year.

    Energia’s proposal is to start creating an orbital lunar platform at the end of 2022 and to send the first crew to it in the first half of 2025. Earlier reports said Russia hoped to see its first cosmonaut on the Moon in 2031.


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    Dmitry Rogozin: Base on the Moon plan to build by 2030

    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:45 am

    Dmitry Rogozin: Base on the Moon plan to build by 2030

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    - When you say the "OPK" represent something powerful, gigantic. The Soviet defense industry was almost the third part of the whole industry ...

    - Military-industrial complex enterprises today is 1350 and 2 million people, and each of them - a professional in their field. From worker to scholar or konstruktora.Nasha industry produces 35% of domestic innovative products, and if you take all Russian exports, the share of defense in it 25%. Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Address to estimate the rate of growth of the industry: labor productivity - 10%, in terms of production - 10%. During the difficulties faced by the Russian economy, the defense industry compensates for the decline, which affected some of the civil sector. A number of defense companies already builds civilian production - airplanes, recreational vessels, offshore platforms. I am a year ago in the hospital lay, I looked than I treated operate. All American or European. We annually spend about $ 350 billion. Rubles for the importation of foreign medical equipment. Although this money could invest in domestic development.

    - It will also be able to do defense industry?


    - Already doing! Moreover, on its own initiative. MRI and CT scans on the technical characteristics correspond to the best foreign models. X-ray equipment for a long time doing normal. Baby incubator for babies gestation collected in Yekaterinburg - even exported abroad. This does not mean that the military plants need to retrain completely civilian enterprises. It is necessary that the civil proceedings was the mobilization capacity and, if necessary, could produce military products. As a joke in the USSR - our pasta and cigarettes were 7.62 mm and a cigar - caliber 20 mm.

    - Previously, in each city were vocational schools, technical schools. Where is take pictures?


    - We are actively developing training centers that work closely with a particular company. For example, the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant. Chkalov, which we collect in the neighboring shops civil aircraft "Sukhoi Superjet" and multi-purpose fighter-bomber Su-34. Part of the company in Novosibirsk took a training center. Recruit kids, teach good scholarships pay, so that they are motivated for further work in the enterprise. In 1200 we gained during the year. In Komsomolsk Amur -na- have the same school. Many private factories also adopt this experience.

    - Production companies in the army appeared again.

    - This initiative, including board and the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation. They offered to make sure that all young employees of defense enterprises were in those parts that are in the profile associated with the work of the enterprise. If you work on the "Kurganmashzavod", then why do not you go to serve in the Airborne mechanic BMD-4M. You see how it works, you will pass "work experience."

    - In Syria, too many novelties of the domestic defense industry is being tested. There's "practice" someone passes?


    - Our troops in Syria , we sent all the most modern. And the means of communication, and optics, and small arms, and precision-guided munitions. In Syria, we are representatives of companies that are always present on the base, watching how technology is used. If necessary, immediately all repaired, restored.

    - Historically, the military-industrial complex of Ukraine has been closely linked with ours. What kind of relationship with him were?


    - All destroyed by the fault of Kiev. In late 2013, President Putin instructed me to go to Ukraine. Early December. Maidan has already started to make noise , but not yet burning riot police. I flew with the directors of our defense industry enterprises in Nikolaev, then - in Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, in the evening were in Kiev - in KB and the factory Antonov. You know how we have taken there? "Finally, rodnenky arrived." These grandparents to "Pivdenmash" literally crying. They really dreamed enter into a single co-operation, in which they used to be. After the coup, it was completely ruined and destroyed. Now Nicholas factory "Zarya-Mashproekt" owes us money. We paid for gas turbine units for the frigates. They have made them ... In the Ukrainian customs paid for equipment in Russia were not allowed. As a result, we have not returned the money, do not put units, but they are not to put them somewhere. A "Pivdenmash" to whom will it work? We had cooperation on missile "Zenit" with them. It was the first step for the super-heavy rocket "Energy". Now we stop missile tests of this type. Make your rocket in the same class, but this time without the Ukrainians. Where will they shop?

    - Something in the Crimea, we "inherited" left?


    - It seems that the "Messershmity" with the "Junkers" vybombili everything. A total of 28 military enterprises, decent in the past the industry. There are helicopter repair plant, a factory "Fiolent" Instrument in Simferopol. We immediately began to revive the defense industry enterprises of the Crimea. Now, for example, Zelenodolsk Shipyard, which is located in Tatarstan, helps the plant "Zaliv" in Kerch. And share with him orders. It gives not only salary, but also professionals, helping to return the workers. And the Kerch plant is now living, evolving. The same situation in the factory "Sea", to Sevastopol Marine Plant ... And considering the issue of restoration of civil passenger traffic Sochi - Novorossiysk - Crimea, and so on. Need operator-carrier, which calculates routes, economic feasibility, and all this organizing.

    On sanctions and import substitution


    - For us the Crimea, as is known, gained economic sanctions . They are nasty blow to the defense industry?


    - Any supply of foreign machine foreign intelligence services can be used with modern digital programming to remove the information that is made on these machines. And such cases are, and not only in Russia. Therefore, before the sanctions was clear that the brain must be on your machine. Today, machines are doing fine in Kovrov on Electromechanical Plant. A number of domestic companies produce high-quality equipment. The level of the Russian machine-tool by a large defense industry orders began to rise sharply.

    - And what we have to do import substitution?


    - First, we did a program on all products that came from the Ukraine. These were mainly old Soviet technology. We replace them with high modernization. The second program was the NATO and EU countries, when they imposed sanctions. We assumed that they will hit the machine tool. Well, that time launched its own production since 2012. We have time. As with the high-tech components - optics, electronics, microelectronics for space purposes ... We have launched production at the enterprises, and sanctions have not worked.

    On the space station and the moon


    - At the same time we still have a large amount of cooperation in space. Why is this segment kontrsanktsii not been introduced?


    - We are all carefully considered, analyzed, there were different voices: let us not supply engines RD-180. Prior to that, we have supplied NC-33 Americans. He began to develop in the USSR in the 70s. Accumulated stock on the lunar program of the Soviet Union - more than one hundred engines! Extremely efficient, superreliable ... The whole stock was stored for years at the Samara plant, somewhere behind stenochkoy. And in the heavy 90 remembered about them - the Americans are interested. Money raised from the sale of engines, went to salaries of workers, modernization of production. They still continue to buy these engines. We is also beneficial. We proceeded from pragmatism. Americans - too. The "Roscosmos" constant contact with NASA and ESA. We continued cooperation not only on the ISS, on the Martian program. Our equipment generally works normally.

    - How do you see the development of manned space flight?


    - The country needs to save and hard to prioritize. In space, they have a few. First - military tasks. Ensuring the safety of the country and from outer space. The second problem - the fundamental science and research. The third - economic task. Creating a large country a stable connection, the introduction of remote sensing, satellite navigation. What really makes money either, or holds the country together. As for science, it is necessary to clearly verify that you need to know. I met including Academician Green, we had an argument in the presence of management, "Roskosmos". He says: "It is necessary to fly to the moon." I defiantly took the skeptic's position: "Why?" He says: "We need to get regolith. He will give an understanding of the origin of the universe. " But regolith on Earth pours. Cosmic dust settles. Meteorites are the same. Obviously I asked him naive questions. I wanted him to convince me. But it is not convinced. A permanent research station on the moon - an interesting challenge. We need a technological breakthrough, we must create a super-heavy launch, orbital module in lunar orbit, the reusable lander. This is a serious problem that will be solved by us not only because we need a lunar station, but because we need greater technological capabilities in space.

    - But there is no concrete terms?


    - By 2030, we plan to solve this problem.

    Nobody has the right to spit in our memory"


    - More than a year ago at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian military-historical society has been raised about the poor condition of the museum on the site of executions in the village Zoe Kosmodemyanskoy Petrishcheva Ruza district, Moscow region. Of course, we have decided to raise funds for the restoration of the museum dedicated to the memory of the heroic women. Most recently, in Petrishcheva held commemorative events to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of Zoe Kosmodemyanskoy. War veterans and future defenders of the Motherland - cadets and cadets - honored the memory of the first woman - the Hero of the Soviet Union, who died in a combat mission. Zoe Kosmodemyanskaya tortured before being executed for a second did not change the debt and called for German soldiers to surrender. No wonder the Minister of Culture, who was present at the event, called Petrishcheva Russian Golgotha. I believe that nobody has the right to spit in our memory, in memory of the heroism of our veterans - the heroes of the Great Patriotic War.

    PROJECTS


    Arctic GOST and "nuclear battery"


    - From the sky - on the ground. The President has appointed you in charge of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic ... What are the priorities here?


    - We talk a lot about what our country is huge, it is necessary to use its transit opportunities. First of all, it is the Northern Sea Route. It consists of two arms. First - West, from Sabetta and further to Europe. And the second - the east, toward the Far East. If we talk about the year-round use, the open western shoulder is not a problem. On the east, there is, exceeds the thickness of the ice three meters. In Krylovskaya research center designed superledokol that will pave the road width required for wiring LNG - 300 thousand tons displacement. And he will break through ice up to 5 meters.

    - At the same time we have nuclear fleet is not new.


    - Yes, his life ends. It is necessary to create a new lean. Now we get three ships. The first is already launched at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg. There ends the construction of the "nuclear batteries" - floating power. It is from the sea is coming to coastal infrastructure, throws two cables. One - the power, the second - hot water. And any northern city we enliven. In 2019, I hope, will begin mass production of the IL-114 aircraft instead of the An-24 and An-74. He would go on ski landing gear. This is all the tools for entering the Arctic. I also propose to introduce Arctic GOST quality for enterprises operating in the interests of the North - whether it's clothes or snowmobile. What is tested in the Arctic zone, it will work anywhere. But the main issue is now in the other - supply of goods, commodities. For this purpose it is necessary to implement the project "Belkomur", this supply of goods from the Urals to Arkhangelsk. And then the ports are saturated with a large number of products that are easy to transfer to Europe. Then it becomes profitable. The second project - the Northern latitudinal railway, which brings to the Arctic ports large cargo. Now, these projects should be implemented. The budget is not enough. We need to find a partner within the concession.

    - China is able to connect?


    - Maybe. Because Chinese goods may go through Russia, it is much cheaper than in Africa and Somali pirates. This project I have presented to my colleague on the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission - the vice-premier of China Comrade Wang Yan.

    MEANWHILE

    "I hope relations with Moldova will warm up"


    - There were times when even your aircraft into the airspace of Moldova would not start. But you are the president's special envoy on Transnistria. Following the recent elections in Chisinau and Tiraspol, there is hope for some progress in the solution of the Transnistrian conflict?

    - Transnistria is in serious isolation. They under any possible sanctions. Ukraine has blocked all border. Constant provocations on the border. Moldova also intercepted Russian officials in Chisinau, journalists unfolded, our peacekeepers. It was decided to recruit employees for our institutions and structures of the Russian citizens who live in Transnistria. Now the situation is a little bit unlock with the new government of Philip and after the election of the new president of Moldova Dodon. We are waiting for him in Moscow. I hope that relations with Moldova will warm up. While they may not grow warmer through, while Moldova remains within the framework of the association with the EU. In Moldova, there are politicians such as Minister-Russophobe Salaru who continue to escalate the situation around Transnistria. To them I would like to say: the path runs through the civil war, in order to "hang out nicely without visas" in Europe, is not stupid and criminal. Correct and patriotic Moldovan government would return to economic union with Russia and other countries, where traditional markets for Moldovan products. Now in general there are no negotiations on the status of Transnistria.

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:58 pm

    Russian astronomer discovers new comet using his own cutting-edge telescope

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    Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:05 am

    Looks like there are issues in rocket manufacturing at Voronezh , specifically claims of a material substitution scam with lower-cost but less heat-resistant metals being used in engines (turobopump shafts?) and leading to numerous emission losses due to engine failure.  Kommersant  has reported that RosCosmos is recalling all engines for Proton 2nd & 3rd stages. Shocked

    Only libtard sources available so far, but it sounds very plausible, and explains the loss of both Mexsat-1 and Express AM4R, as well as the recent Progress MS-04.

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/experts-check-russian-rocket-engines-for-low-quality-metal-56918
    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/proton_2017.html

    If this is genuine, they need to catch the c*nts responsible and make a clear example of them.  Despicable corrupt b*stards.... angry
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Project Canada on Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:56 pm

    Big_Gazza wrote:Looks like there are issues in rocket manufacturing at Voronezh , specifically claims of a material substitution scam with lower-cost but less heat-resistant metals being used in engines (turobopump shafts?) and leading to numerous emission losses due to engine failure.  Kommersant  has reported that RosCosmos is recalling all engines for Proton 2nd & 3rd stages.  Shocked

    Only libtard sources available so far, but it sounds very plausible, and explains the loss of both Mexsat-1 and Express AM4R, as well as the recent Progress MS-04.

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/experts-check-russian-rocket-engines-for-low-quality-metal-56918
    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/proton_2017.html

    If this is genuine, they need to catch the c*nts responsible and make a clear example of them.  Despicable corrupt b*stards....  angry

    I would say such activities is tantamount to Treason! Indeed the authorities need to make a strong example to these scumbags! A life imprisonment without parole in a remote siberian neo gulag is a good start. Twisted Evil cause a slap in the wrist kind of sentence (2 or less years in prison) will not make this kind of sabotage go away. FSB should also run a background check on the perpetrators to learn if their scheme is being directed abroad by foreign powers to cause as much havoc to Russian space industry.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Rmf on Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:08 pm

    of course this was obvious with anyone who knows a thing or two about space program, i and some others here were right, we were talking about backward ,corrupt ,inefficient  russias space program has become ,only to be insulted here ,but that cant change hard facts -  0 launches of angara in 2016 , -0 ,aaaand now proton aaand no angara launch yet for 2017 also!!!

    putins media might try to silence things but the news is already out....., will things change - too many lobbies there probably not!!!!
    So Russias space program will fade away slowly but surely.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:04 pm

    You are a retard. Russia may face issues but this isn't making them fade away. Amount of money they have now is far greater than roscosmos had in the 90's.

    You stupidity is showing again.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Project Canada on Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:13 pm

    Rmf wrote:
    putins media might try to silence things but the news is already out....., will things change - too many lobbies there probably not!!!!

    Why would Putin choose to "Silence things" instead of rooting out the Saboteurs in the space industry? And what Lobbies are you referring to?
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:20 pm

    Project Canada wrote:
    Rmf wrote:
    putins media might try to silence things but the news is already out....., will things change - too many lobbies there probably not!!!!

    Why would Putin choose to "Silence things" instead of rooting out the Saboteurs in the space industry? And what Lobbies are you referring to?

    he is making shit up.

    First off, Putin doesn't silence anything. That much is obvious. If I have to point it out for you, then euthanasia isn't such a bad concept.

    Second, no lobbies. It is just pure corruption of the plant itself. Almaz antey also gets issues at various of its plants even if the company itself isn't a problem.

    What children like rmf think is that of a company is working on something and doesn't produce in a year or two, its done for. What he fails to grasp though is that isn't how things work. ANGARA IS PURELY Russian and has its issues rooting out. It will take time. Its mission will be the same and purpose is just. Its customer is Russian government and agencies. Which are not ready to launch much anyway thanks to import substitution taking time. I heard same shit about Russia's mic and look at it now, thriving. I think people here are too childish and have a memory + logical deduction skills that of a rodent.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Rmf on Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:46 pm

    dont listen to that idiot i just turn him off hes useless cunt just cant stfu with moronic explanations.
    maybe not putin himself  but someone else down the line and media dont want to badmouth government.
    angara is 20 years in the making and still problems and no production let alone mass production  Laughing  
    imagine how many expensive machines have been bought from abroad to assemble angara modules , just collecting dust and rust.
    its a fiasco every cent is important for a roscosmos limited budget but throwing money into money pit and someones pockets for decades is justified by some imbeciles here.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:15 am

    Rmf wrote:BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS BS.................

    While there are plenty of problems I can guarantee you 2 things:

    1) Russian space program will exists for very very long time (it will certainly outlive shithole known as Kazakhstan)

    2) Baikonur will NEVER AGAIN be in full use. It will be shut down and inevitably forgotten

    So enjoy Razz
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:49 am

    Big_Gazza wrote:Looks like there are issues in rocket manufacturing at Voronezh , specifically claims of a material substitution scam with lower-cost but less heat-resistant metals being used in engines (turobopump shafts?) and leading to numerous emission losses due to engine failure.  Kommersant  has reported that RosCosmos is recalling all engines for Proton 2nd & 3rd stages.  Shocked

    Only libtard sources available so far, but it sounds very plausible, and explains the loss of both Mexsat-1 and Express AM4R, as well as the recent Progress MS-04.

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/experts-check-russian-rocket-engines-for-low-quality-metal-56918
    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/proton_2017.html

    If this is genuine, they need to catch the c*nts responsible and make a clear example of them.  Despicable corrupt b*stards....  angry

    Since the cat is out of the bag they are toast. After this I am sure "Putin's" FSB will make sure to comb over other companies
    since this sort of brazen opportunism smells of foreign meddling. If I was patriotic Russian crook I would look elsewhere to make money:

    1) cutting corners of rocket engine components is not lucrative. The cost is in the assembly and not in the alloys. These are not
    gold, platinum or palladium that can be resold for big money. Who the f*ck would even know the value of some steel alloy used in
    a Russian rocket engine? There is no market.

    2) compromising the operation of the company means disrupting the money flow. So we have a clear indication that the objective
    was not to boost profits but to sabotage Russian aerospace. The US has a long tradition of recruiting criminals to further its geopolitical
    agenda. It was doing this during the USSR era by establishing contacts with the Russian underworld. I bet it increased these links
    during the 1990s Yeltsin rot fest.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Project Canada on Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:42 am

    Persistent defects ground Russian rocket engines

    as usual NATO agents continue to sabotage Russian space launches
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  miketheterrible on Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:58 am

    I doubt NATO agents involved. More like corruption which probably existed for quite some time but cannot continue on.

    Since Roscosmos is now considered a company and not a state run agency, they can now follow legal actions against other companies who supply to them. As well, they can do their own investigations and take whatever actions they legally can.

    And this is probably they are going to do. They will be compensated for the loss. By who, I don't know.

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:17 am

    Project Canada wrote:Persistent defects ground Russian rocket engines

    as usual NATO agents continue to sabotage Russian space launches

    There seems to be QA issue , It was not abnormal to loose 1 or 2 Proton launch vehical each year due to some or the other issue which they couldnt issue.

    While Sabotage Angle needs to be investigated too but its a good thing such defects are getting detected before launch and getting fixed , Thats better than loosing the satellite after launch.

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