The rocket was delivered to the Jiuquan Cosmodrome in the Gobi Desert. The launch is scheduled for the end of March 2019.
MOSCOW, March 21 - RIA News. Russian private company S7 Space intends to suspend and then terminate the contract for the production of 12 Zenit launch vehicles at the Ukrainian enterprise Yuzhmash, a source in the rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti.
This information was confirmed by the source in the company S7 Space. According to him, the production will freeze in April.
Yuzhmash declined to comment, and Roskosmos said they did not know anything about a possible breach of contract.
S7 press service reported that the "contract is valid."
Big_Gazza wrote:Musk does it again!
At least the Soviets N-1 Lunar Booster actually passed its structural testing and got to fly before blowing itself to bits.
Amount of times word 'Elon' is mentioned in the comments gave me cringe overload
'Dear Elon': Ukraine takes up Tesla's ventilator offer via Twitter
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has taken to Twitter to ask Elon Musk to send it ventilators after the billionaire chief executive of Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) offered to ship them across the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
Musk said this week he was ready to send the life-saving machines wherever his company delivers, free of charge.
“Dear Elon, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe with population nearly 40 mln citizens,” Kiev’s embassy in Washington wrote on Twitter late on Wednesday.
“The pandemic situation in Ukraine is approaching its peak, April is going to be the hardest. People in hospitals need ventilators. We are ready to cooperate! Dyakuyemo! (Thank you!)”
Former health minister Ulana Suprun tweeted a separate appeal to the entrepreneur. “Ukraine is in dire need of ventilators,” she wrote. There was no immediate response from Musk or Tesla.
Governments across the world, including in Tesla’s home the United States, are scrambling to get enough ventilators as patients with respiratory conditions linked to the coronavirus pandemic overwhelm hospitals.
Ukraine had reported 804 coronavirus cases and 20 related deaths as of Thursday morning. It is one of Europe’s poorest countries and its healthcare spending is a fraction of its Western peers.
Some of the country’s wealthiest men have chipped in to buy ventilators from abroad, in response to an urgent appeal by hospitals to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
And representatives of state defence conglomerate Ukroboronprom are leading an initiative to boost domestic production of the machines based on technology developed during the Soviet era.
Musk tweeted on Tuesday that he was ready to “ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. Device & shipping cost are free. Only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients, not stored in a warehouse.”
A week earlier he said Tesla had bought ventilators from China for U.S. hospitals and that a Tesla factory in New York would also start manufacturing them.
kvs wrote:A modern effort could make the N-1 viable. It needs a reduction in the number of pipes and other vibration mode dampening
changes. It is much easier to simulate the N-1 in computer space today and figure out all of its destructive resonances.
What SpaceX is constructing is farm level cisterns.
flamming_python wrote:More and more I have the feeling that this guy is just a PR-genius con-artist who got lucky with his first projects, that's all.
Big_Gazza wrote:flamming_python wrote:More and more I have the feeling that this guy is just a PR-genius con-artist who got lucky with his first projects, that's all.
Musk is a fraud, plain and simple. Apart from his reuseable rockets his ideas are all nonsense. The "hyperloop" is total nonsense, and his "Starship" is a fucking joke. He really thinks this grain silo can fly to the Moon with 100 PAX? Then return, land, swap out passengers and luggae, refuel, then fly again????
Complete charlatanism... This absurd monstrosity isn't going anywhere. If he manages to get one into LEO (and thats a HUGE "if" cuz he ain't gonna ever build the huge 1st stage core needed to get it launched) it won't survive its flight in a reuseable condition. My money is on a destructive re-entry and catastrophic failure due to overheating and structural collapse - there's a fucking reason why the Shuttle was covered with thousands of heat-resistant tiles, and it wasn't to make it look pretty.
Musk is merely a fraud who knows how to play the idiot rubes that make up the bulk of US society (launching a Tesla roadster on his heavy rocket with a mannequin and firing it in the general direction of Mars? And these are the people who disparaged early Soviet space activities as being nothing but "PR stunts"). Consider his antics to be the 21st century version of the Roman "bread and circuses" but minus the bread.