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.
Net volume of the pressurized cargo compartment: 11 m3
Flight duration as part of ISS: up to 300 days
Payload orbit weight: up to 2000 kg
Operational cycle > 10 launches
Payload weight returned from orbit: up to 1000 kg
Autonomous flight duration: up to 30 days
"A contract has been signed for the manufacture of a composite case for the prototype of the ship. Work is now ongoing with the specialists of the manufacturer on the design and manufacture of a tool kit for the direct creation of the case," he said.
Sopov explained that due to the lack of necessary technologies in Russia, they decided to order a composite building in Germany, which would speed up the process of creating Argo. Further, serial production of cases and components will be deployed in Russia. It was previously reported that it could be organized in Voronezh.
"Thus, the prototype of the case can be put under the installation of equipment and the beginning of ground tests in the first half of 2021," said Sopov.
Earlier, RTSS announced the development of a cheap transport ship for delivering goods to the International Space Station.
The ship was named "Argo" in honor of the ship on which the argo navigators set off in search of the Golden Fleece according to ancient Greek mythology.
"Argo" will consist of a reusable spacecraft capable of delivering up to two tons of cargo to the ISS and returning up to a ton of cargo, as well as a one-time propulsion compartment. The assigned resource should be 20 take-off and landing cycles.
The ship itself will be 58% composed of composites, which will significantly reduce its weight.
The first test launch of "Argo" is scheduled for 2024.
MOSCOW, June 10. / TASS /. S7 may sell the Sea Launch floating spaceport to one of Rosatom’s subsidiary structures, negotiations are ongoing. This was reported by TASS two sources in business circles.
“S7 intends to sell the Odyssey floating platform and the command vessel as part of the program for disposing of non-core assets. The most likely buyer is one of Rosatom’s subsidiaries. Negotiations are ongoing,” the agency’s source said.
The second source confirmed information about the possible sale of Sea Launch to one of Rosatom’s subsidiaries. He explained that “taking into account the state of the platform and the command ship after dismantling the equipment by the American side, and also due to the need to create coastal infrastructure from scratch, the cost of the project is estimated to be extremely high, and the private airline, given the financial losses from the pandemic, simply does not have it of money".
I stumbled on this piece of news by accident and did some looking up, apparently there is another private Russian company trying to get into space business: RTSS (Reusable Transport Space Systems)
They are working on reusable cargo spacecraft called Argo
The-thing-next-door wrote:...Well that reusable parachuteless design is worrying but it would be hilarious to see the reactions of all the pindostanski trolls if they got it working.
There could be problems with lack of compatibility with Roskosmos rockets and stations, though I am sure adapters could be made and they would have access to Russian rocket components, a considerable advantage.
One thing I must say though is that I would certainly preffer multiple layers of redundancy in the escape systems; backup escape rockets, ejector seats, backup decent parachutes ect.
Saving weight takes priority here, no need for redundancy, backups or or ejector seats (does any spaceship even have those?)
GarryB wrote:They used to load up their rubbish on the old cargo rockets that were not man rated and have it all burn up on reentry.
If you chucked rubbish out the window of the ISS it would remain in orbit with you only gradually floating away.
A cargo rocket delivers supplies, water, food, fuel, equipment etc etc, so first thing you do is unpack it and move the stuff to where it needs to be used and then you take all the stuff you don't need and pile it into the cargo rocket. Once it is full send it off on a nice steep dive down into the atmosphere where it will break up and burn up nicely. Manned rockets obviously deliver crew and are used to return the crew members being replaced and to bring back any products of experiments or other materials for more detailed study on the ground.
MOSCOW, June 17 - RIA News. The cost of restoring the Sea Launch complex to operability will amount to 84 billion rubles in 2020 prices, which exceeds the cost of its purchase by the S7 group in 2016 by almost eight times, according to Rosatom.
Given the projected inflation, the volume of required investments will amount to 91 billion rubles, according to Rosatom experts, compiled from data provided by Roskosmos, which RIA Novosti has reviewed. At the same time, in 2016, the S7 group paid 150-160 million US dollars, or about ten to eleven billion rubles, at the current exchange rate for Sea Launch.
The materials do not specify for what purpose investments are required. However, it is known that the Sea Launch project has neither a rocket nor equipped for the operation of coastal infrastructure for the assembly and testing of rockets and spacecraft. In addition, all foreign equipment was removed from the Odyssey launch platform and the command ship in the United States : Boeing information and communications equipment and Ukrainian-made launch equipment for the Zenit rocket from Yuzhmash.
Earlier media reported that Rosatom was considering the possibility of acquiring the Sea Launch complex, which had recently been relocated from the US to Russia. Currently, the owner of the complex is a group of companies S7.
According to RIA Novosti, Rosatom considers it inappropriate to buy Sea Launch due to the lack of such a need, the high competition in the launch services market created by SpaceX by Ilona Mask, and a number of other reasons. At the same time, the press service of the corporation told the agency that they studied the potential risks of the project and worked out measures to prevent them.
Sea Launch was created in 1995 for the operation of a sea-based rocket and space complex. In 2016, the S7 Group signed a contract with the Sea Launch group of companies (a subsidiary of RSC Energia), which provides for the purchase of the project's property complex.
In March 2020, with the approval of the US State Department, the complex was relocated to Russia. At the end of April, Vyacheslav Filev, chairman of the board of directors of S7 Group, told Kommersant in an interview that the Sea Launch was frozen until better times.
Around the same time, it became known that Roscosmos set a task for its enterprises to conduct an economic feasibility study for resuming the project - to estimate the costs of repairing a floating spaceport and creating a new Soyuz-7 rocket . At the same time, launches are planned from 2024.
Big_Gazza wrote:...So.... based on the bold text (my highlight) and reading between the lines, S7 bought the infrastructure in good faith, but the US essentially wrecked the facility before transferring it (to forestall the development of any private-industry Russian space launch provider, and potential competitor to Holy God-Emperor Musk).
Not exactly surprised.
What I don't understand is why are they still wasting time on this trash? It's a write-off and never worked too well to begin with
Yep, I get it, I just don't see why they would bother to design the Dragon capsule for return and recovery rather than build it cheaper and just let it burn up like a Progress does. Its not really reuseable (more like salvagable/refurbishable) so it doesn't make much sense given the lack of actual cargo to return.
Rosatom lists the risks associated with the purchase of Sea Launch
Rosatom considers it inappropriate to purchase the Sea Launch complex, according to the materials of the state corporation, which RIA Novosti got acquainted with . Among the reasons - high competition in the launch services market, created by SpaceX Ilona Mask.
The materials list five risks associated with the purchase of the complex:
1) The absence of a significant need for ROSATOM for space launches;
2) Lack of competencies in Rosatom for attracting customers to launches;
3) The purchase of Sea Launch will lead to competition with another Russian state-owned corporation, Roskosmos;
4) Rosatom noted a decrease in the cost of launching launch vehicles in the commercial market in connection with the activities of SpaceX;
5) Rosatom noted the need to compensate for accumulated losses and debts under the Sea Launch project.