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    Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:50 pm

    I read Russia is bringing back planes to launch rockets or devices into space.  Using Il-76 as base.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:13 am

    sepheronx wrote:I read Russia is bringing back planes to launch rockets or devices into space.  Using Il-76 as base.

    I just can't get excited over such systems. The payload is tiny and it is nothing like the Hotol concept.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOTOL

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:49 am

    Roscosmos declares contest for developing solar research satellite

    Arka will become the first Russian solar studies satellite since the Koronas-Foton satellite, operational from February to November 2009, went out of order

    MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Russia’s state-run space corporation Roscosmos has declared a contest for the development of the space laboratory Arka, expected to produce high resolution images of the Sun, as follows from an announcement placed on the state purchases website.

    The satellite will be meant for studying objects up to 100 kilometers in size within ranges that cannot be registered from the Earth’s surface. In particular, it may help scientists find out how solar flares emerge.

    The yet-to-be developed observatory is to be put in an orbit no less than 500 kilometers high alongside the launch of another space vehicle.

    Under the plan the satellite’s preliminary design is to be developed by November 2017. In 2018-2020 design documentation for the mock-ups and experimental samples is to be finalized and the mockups made and tested. In 2019-2023 test products are to be manufactured and tested comprehensively. The assembly of a flight sample of the Arka satellite and its experimental testing on the ground are due in 2021-2024. Its launch and flight tests are going to be held in 2021-2024.

    Arka will become the first Russian solar studies satellite since the Koronas-Foton satellite, operational from February to November 2009, went out of order.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Big_Gazza on Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:17 pm

    S7 airline buys into Sea Launch

    The Russian airline company, S7 Group, agreed to buy assets of the troubled Sea Launch project, including both vessels and the launch support equipment in Long Beach, California, at a price tag of around $150 million. Following a series of negotiations, the project's main contractor, RKK Energia, and the S7 Group announced the deal on Sept. 27, 2016, at the International Astronautics Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the signing ceremony, RKK Energia and S7 promised to resume Sea Launch missions by the end of 2018, or 18 months after obtaining approvals for the deal. The approvals had to come from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, DDTC, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, CFIUS.

    The Sea Launch is then expected to perform around 70 launches before a major overhaul is required, its new investors believed. At the singing of the deal, RKK Energia and S7 said that the Sea Launch would remain based at the port of Long Beach and continue using the Zenit rocket. All previous plans to replace the Ukrainian-built vehicle with a Russian booster and to relocate the vessels to Russia were apparently dashed at least for the time being as financially and technically unrealistic.

    At the same time, RKK Energia and S7 admitted that no agreement on the resumption of Zenit production in Dnepropetrovsk had been reached. The officials present at the signing ceremony were also unable to provide any scenarios for the resolution of the enormous outstanding dept hanging over Sea Launch, or any details on the prospects of settling the lawsuit with Boeing.

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sealaunch.html#s7

    Bizarre... why the frack would RKK Energia be even remotely interested giving a boost to Ukropistani manufacture of Zenit?  Russia should do everything to ensure that the fucking Banderites loose Yuzmash/Yuznoye through a total lack of investment/orders, and the Ukrops have no ability to build anything larger than an artillery rocket.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:52 pm

    Big_Gazza wrote:S7 airline buys into Sea Launch

    The Russian airline company, S7 Group, agreed to buy assets of the troubled Sea Launch project, including both vessels and the launch support equipment in Long Beach, California, at a price tag of around $150 million. Following a series of negotiations, the project's main contractor, RKK Energia, and the S7 Group announced the deal on Sept. 27, 2016, at the International Astronautics Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the signing ceremony, RKK Energia and S7 promised to resume Sea Launch missions by the end of 2018, or 18 months after obtaining approvals for the deal. The approvals had to come from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, DDTC, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, CFIUS.

    The Sea Launch is then expected to perform around 70 launches before a major overhaul is required, its new investors believed. At the singing of the deal, RKK Energia and S7 said that the Sea Launch would remain based at the port of Long Beach and continue using the Zenit rocket. All previous plans to replace the Ukrainian-built vehicle with a Russian booster and to relocate the vessels to Russia were apparently dashed at least for the time being as financially and technically unrealistic.

    At the same time, RKK Energia and S7 admitted that no agreement on the resumption of Zenit production in Dnepropetrovsk had been reached. The officials present at the signing ceremony were also unable to provide any scenarios for the resolution of the enormous outstanding dept hanging over Sea Launch, or any details on the prospects of settling the lawsuit with Boeing.

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/sealaunch.html#s7

    Bizarre... why the frack would RKK Energia be even remotely interested giving a boost to Ukropistani manufacture of Zenit?  Russia should do everything to ensure that the fucking Banderites loose Yuzmash/Yuznoye through a total lack of investment/orders, and the Ukrops have no ability to build anything larger than an artillery rocket.

    Russia is not supporting Yuzhmash. It is buying the rig and other assets at knock down prices and Yuzhmash will only get a fraction of the $150 million.
    Boeing will likely get most of it.

    The only reason I can see why Russian companies would buy this equipment is they think Russia can use it. They are fully aware of the stoppage
    in Zenit production. This implies that there will be an affordable Zenit replacement for Sea Launch. Sunkar has very similar mass and dimensions
    and uses the same fuel and uses a similar engine since the Zenit employs the RD-171. But it will be a few years before it is ready. Maybe not so
    many years.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Rmf on Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:14 pm

    they are spending money on too many projects , new proton versions (which is to be cancelled Rolling Eyes ) now this , this chaos is worst then soviet moon shot and will end badly.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  Big_Gazza on Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:55 am

    Who is "they"?  S7 is a privately-owned company, so if they choose to invest it is their concern.  I agree that it seems like a stupid idea, but its not a Russian Federal enterprise and won't draw on government funds, so let them go for it...   Personally, if they want to restart Zenit manufacture by the fucking Banderites then I hope they lose every last kopek....

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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  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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    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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    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

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    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  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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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  kvs on Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:13 pm

    miketheterrible wrote: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.

    Corruption is a vapid catch all term for any process that is not understood. If as you say corruption is the causal mechanism,
    then the failure rate would have been worse during the 1990s and would never be tolerable to begin with. As I posted, there
    is no actual racket that can be run off cutting corners on the metals on rocket engines. Zero. Corruption would be in the
    pricing of these rocket engines as it is in the USA. Only full on retards would risk the gravy train by skimping a tiny fraction
    of the profit they make on the materials of the engines where they are critical and not cosmetic. So the corruption excuse is
    simply not credible.

    And to claim that NATO makes no interference in Russia is pure Technicolor Rainbow Ponies delusion. They have been using
    every dirty trick they can think of at the political level including blood libel hate propaganda in the mass media, but you think
    they are all chivalry when it comes to Russian industry. Get real. Industrial sabotage is one of the key elements of NATzO's
    attack on Russia.
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:44 pm

    Germany’s eRosita telescope for Spektr-RG space observatory delivered to Russia for tests

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:39 pm

    Roscosmos starts recruitment of cosmonauts for future lunar missions

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    MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Member-states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) plan to pool together a united orbital grouping of satellites for remote sensing of the Earth, Nikolai Kushanryov, the director of the industrial policy department of the Eurasian Economic Commission told Izvestia daily.

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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  PapaDragon on Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:04 pm


    Oh how surprised I am (not).  Just decommission this piece of shit already and start ditching incompetent idiots....

    All engines of the second and third stages of the "Proton" are defective

    http://nortwolf-sam.livejournal.com/1868655.html

    That is 71 engine total. And that same Clownhouse (AKA Voronezh Mechanical Plant) was also making third stage engines for Soyuz-U that was killing success rate of the platform (thankfully decommissioned now)...
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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:28 am

    Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic spaceflight marked in Russia and worldwide

    April 12 is celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day in Russia and the International Day of Human Space Flight worldwide



    MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Wednesday marks the anniversary of the first manned flight to space, performed by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. The date is celebrated as the Cosmonautics Day in Russia and the International Day of Human Space Flight worldwide.

    The recent years have been difficult for Russia’s space agency Roscosmos and the country’s entire space industry in general, due to international sanctions against Russia and successes by the country’s space rivals, notably from the United States. While Russia had to cope with cuts in the financing of its Federal Space Program and Proton engine malfunction issues, the United States successfully tested reusable rocket boosters and continued tests of delivery vehicles intended to replace Russian-made Soyuz carrier rockets.

    Space rivalry intensifies

    Russia’s space rivals have made significant progress in recent years. Last year, Russia dropped to third place in the overall space launch count, losing to both the United States and China. The competition for the leadership in space has further intensified amid successes by US aerospace manufacturer and transport services company SpaceX, which for the first time ever successfully reused a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket booster on March 31.

    "As far as the competition in the space industry is concerned, it has intensified sharply in recent months. The re-launch of a booster by (Elon) Musk and plans to replace our RD-180 rocket engines with those made in the US by the Blue Origin demonstrate that we are entering difficult times and that the reserves of the Soviet space program are now about to be depleted," said Alexander Zheleznyakov of Russia’s Tsiolkovsky Academy of Cosmonautics.

    "If the Roscosmos leadership is aware of this, there is still a chance that we will succeed, but if we continue to rest on our laurels, we will lose this struggle for competitiveness," he said, adding that although projects for reusable boosters are explored by Russian space industry researches as well, they are far from completion.

    "While we are trying to catch up, our rivals will increase the gap in the development of space technologies. If we want to catch up with them, we will have to be proactive. If we simply mirror the achievements and technological ideas of others, we will always stay behind," the expert said.

    US companies took the lead in commercial launches as well last year. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, US space launch service providers earned some nine times more than their Russian counterparts, $1.2 billion versus 130 million.

    According to SpaceX estimates, reusable boosters will allow to further decrease costs of commercial launches by 30%, from the current $61.2 million to about 43 million. The launch of Russia’s Proton-M rocket is estimated to cost about 65 million, while the new Angara-A5 rocket, intended to replace Protons, is expected to be even more expensive.

    Roscosmos' plans


    Despite difficulties, Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos has big plans for the current year. Although the company had to deal with Proton engine problems, caused by the use of wrong solder alloy during the production, it vows to fulfill the 2017 launch schedule in full. Once the issue is fixed, Roscosmos plans to launch seven rockets with those engines this year, including for commercial customers. In total, the space corporation plans to hold at least 30 rocket launches in 2017, two of them will take place at Russia’s newest launch facility, the Vostochny space center in Russia’s Far East.

    This year, Russia plans to start designing the Angara-A5V rocket for the lunar mission. Elements of the Federatsiya (Federation) spacecraft to take cosmonauts to the moon are currently being assembled by the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia.

    The Sea Launch project is also expected to resume in 2017 after being purchased by S7 Group from Russian aerospace contractor RSC Energia. A Zenit carrier rocket is expected blast off from a floating launch platform in the Pacific Ocean to put an Angolan satellite into orbit.

    Roscosmos is also expected to expand the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) by adding the Nauka research module to it. However, according to unnamed space industry sources, the launch of the Nauka module may be postponed until 2018 or even cancelled due to technical problems.

    Space industry celebrates its holiday

    Events to mark the Cosmonautics Day will be held at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and Russia’s Vostochny space center. On this day, officials from Roscosmos and other space industry enterprises will lay flowers to the Kremlin wall, where first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the founder of the Soviet space program Sergei Korolyov are buried.

    The Russian federal agency responsible for civilian aid and humanitarian projects abroad will hold commemorative events in 81 countries. Those events will include photo exhibitions, lectures and meetings with cosmonauts.

    The Russian capital will be decorated by images of the Earth’s orbit and planets of the solar system as seen from a spacecraft, as well as with pictures illustrating Soviet space achievements: the launch of the first artificial space satellite, Yuri Gagarin’s flight, Alexei Leonov’s spacewalk, the Lunokhod-1 lunar rover, Salyut-1 and Mir space stations.

    The Cosmonaut Training Center will host a post-flight news conference of Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, who returned from the ISS on April 10.

    So far, Oleg Novitsky remains the only Russian cosmonaut in space. His partners on board the International Space Station are NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.


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    Re: Russian Space Program: News & Discussion #2

    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:33 pm

    Why can't Russia design a reusable rocket like spaceX? I thought they were all about affordability and efficiency. That said chemical energy rockets are in the past not the future. There should be more research in creating space elevators. Or if not, just extremely cheap rockets that can be launched by the dozens everyday so that large interplanetary spacecraft can be assembled entirely in orbit.

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