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    Post  George1 on Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:07 pm

    MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. Russia’s Bars-M new military surveillance and mapping satellite will be manufactured by December 1, 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

    More:
    http://tass.com/defense/1061587
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    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:11 am

    4 military satellites (Kosmos 2535, 2536, 2537, 2538) of unknown purpose were launched

    Russian Defense Ministry assumes control over satellites launched from Plesetsk

    The Soyuz-2 carrier rocket was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on Wednesday

    MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has assumed control over four satellites launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the interests of the Russian military, the ministry's press service told reporters on Thursday.

    "The spacecraft launched by the Aerospace Defense Forces from the State Trial Cosmodrome Plesetsk on July 10, have been delivered to the designated orbit, and the Russian Defense Ministry assumed control over the satellites," the press service said.

    "Stable telemetric communication has been established and is maintained with the spacecraft. The control systems of the spacecraft are functioning in the routine mode," the press service added.

    This was the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2019.

    https://tass.com/science/1068031


    Soyuz-2.1v launches four experimental satellites, including a satellite inspector



    On 10 July 2017, at 20:14 MSK (17:14 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The Volga booster successfully released four small satellites - Cosmos-2535, Cosmos-2536, Cosmos-2537, and Cosmos-2538. According to the ministry of defense statement, the satellites' mission is to study the effect of natural and artificial factors of space on satellites operated by Russia and to calibrate radars operated by the Air and Space Forces.

    The satellites received international designations 2019-039A to 2019-039D and NORAD numbers 44421 to 44424.

    Two satellites - Cosmos-2535 and Cosmos-2536 - later conducted a series of proximity maneuvers. It appears that these are objects 2019-039A/44421 and 2019-039D/44424.

    This is not the first time Russia announces a launch of a satellite-inspector. In August 2017 the ministry of defense disclosed that Cosmos-2521 is a satellite-inspector launched in June 2017 along with Cosmos-2519. See a discussion of the program at the RussianSpaceWeb site.

    http://russianforces.org/blog/2019/07/soyuz-21v_launches_four_experi.shtml


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    Post  Big_Gazza on Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:27 pm

    Proton-M launches fourth Blagovest satellite

    Russia has launched its fourth Blagovest communications satellite via a Proton rocket Tuesday. Having lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 02:56 local time (00:56 Moscow Time, 21:56 UTC on Monday), Proton’s Briz-M upper stage is now undertaking a nine-hour multiple-burn mission that will deploy its payload into geostationary orbit.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/08/proton-m-launches-fourth-blagovest-satellte/

    Its been a great 30 days or so for the Russian launch industry with no less than SEVEN successful missions launched:

    05-Jul  Meteor-M No 2-2 (+33 cubesats) on Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat
    10-Jul  4x unnamed milsats on Soyuz 2.1v/Volga
    13-Jul  Spectrum-RG on Proton-M/DM-03
    20-Jul  Soyuz MS-13 on Soyuz-FG
    30-Jul  Meridian-M No18L on Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat
    31-Jul  Progress MS-12 on Soyuz 2.1a
    06-Aug  Blagovest No14L on Proton-M/Briz-M

    That's more than doubled the years tally in one month...  Very Happy
     
    Hopefully there will be no upsets for the rest of the year and Russia can enjoy their first fully fail-free launch year since 2003.   russia
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    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:54 pm

    US spots maneuvers of Russian military satellite


    According to NORAD, in early June, it had an orbit of 247 for 282 km. Now, the satellite has descended again

    MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Russian military spacecraft Kosmos-2521, unofficially nicknamed the satellite inspector, has performed several new maneuvers since the beginning of 2019, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement.

    According to NORAD, in January 2019 the satellite was in near-Earth orbit with parameters of 280 km per 285 km. In early February, the orbit of the spacecraft began to decrease gradually and by April 10 its minimum altitude was 227 km. Then the satellite was once again raised - in early June, it had an orbit of 247 for 282 km.

    Now, the satellite has descended again, according to NORAD. The flight path of Kosmos-2521 around the Earth moves so that during the day it more than 10 times flies over different parts of North America.

    Kosmos-2521 satellite, capable of performing tens of hundreds of kilometers of orbital maneuvers, according to a number of specialized resources, was launched on June 23, 2017 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The satellite began to perform regular maneuvers in space starting from October 2017.

    https://tass.com/science/1075876
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    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:01 pm

    Last Rockot launch delivered Cosmos-2540 geodetic satellite into orbit



    On August 30, 2019 the Space Forces conducted a launch of a Rockot space launcher with the Geo-IK-2 geodetic satellite. The launch took place at 17:00 MSK (14:00 UTC) from the launch pad No. 3 of the launch complex No. 133 of the Plesetsk launch site. The rocket was equipped with a Briz-KM booster stage.

    The satellite was deployed on a nearly circular orbit with altitude of about 960 km and inclination of 99.3 degrees. It received international designation 2019-057A and NORAD number 44517.

    Rockot is a modified UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missile converted as a space launcher. The ministry of defense announced that this is the last Rockot launch. Previous launch of Rockot took place in November 2018.

    Previous Geo-IK-2 satellite, Cosmos-2517, was launched in June 2016.


    http://russianforces.org/blog/2019/08/last_rockot_launch_delivered_c.shtml
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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:42 pm

    Μilitary satellite (Kosmos 2542) was put into orbit




    On 25 November 2019, at 20:52 MSK (17:52 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The Volga booster successfully delivered into orbit a satellite that received the designation Cosmos-2542. According to the ministry of defense statement, the satellite could monitor the status of other Russian satellites and provide imagery of the Earth's surface.

    http://russianforces.org/blog/2019/11/cosmos-2532_launch_from_pleset.shtml
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    The Ministry of Defense conducted an experiment in space to separate a small satellite from another device

    MOSCOW, December 6. / TASS /. The Russian Ministry of Defense conducted an experiment on Friday to separate a small satellite from a previously launched unified multifunctional space platform. This is stated in the message of the department.

    "The purpose of the experiment is to continue work on assessing the technical condition of domestic satellites," the Defense Ministry said.

    “Species information is transmitted to ground-based processing facilities to determine the technical condition of the satellite under study,” the department added.

    On November 26, a spacecraft was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. At the estimated time, it was launched into the target orbit and adopted for the control of ground-based means of the Aerospace Forces (VKS). According to the VKS press service, the satellite was created on the basis of a unified multifunctional space platform and can monitor the state of domestic satellites in orbit. Its optical equipment allows you to shoot the surface of the Earth.
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    Post  Vann7 on Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:32 am

    A video of when Russia space program was great ... and very ambitious..

    In the 80s Russia military and Space agency was working very seriously to deploy
    a megawatt laser cannon in space to take down NATO satellites..  Wink

    This was Reagan Star Wars dream , but done by Russia. Smile




    Lets make Russia space program great again.. kick the Polite weak President
    and replace him for a real leader.. and you will see how Russia take off and lead
    again as it was in the 60s ..





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    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:37 pm

    Vann7 wrote:A video of when Russia space program was great ... and very ambitious..

    In the 80s Russia military and Space agency was working very seriously to deploy
    a megawatt laser cannon in space to take down NATO satellites..  Wink

    .......

    Yeah, and then they fu*ked up by installing payload upside down lol1

    A legendary failure and stuff of legends in space industry worldwide



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    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:59 am

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Vann7 wrote:A video of when Russia space program was great ... and very ambitious..

    In the 80s Russia military and Space agency was working very seriously to deploy
    a megawatt laser cannon in space to take down NATO satellites..  Wink

    .......

    Yeah, and then they fu*ked up by installing payload upside down   lol1

    A legendary failure and stuff of legends in space industry worldwide


    Actually the failure was due to a faulty attitude sensor that was re-purposed from another spacecraft due a failure of the flight unit, but wrongly configured.  It incorrectly resulted in Polyus rotating 360 degrees instead of 180 when it was released by the Energia carrier.

    Yep, a real fuckup, but apparently caused by exhaustion in an attempt to make the deadline.  The Sov gov was asked to authorise the launch because otherwise "there will be heart attacks"...

    In any case Gorbachev refused to allow the CO2 laser to be mated to Polyus.  Instead they used Xenon gas to prove the zero-reaction venting system (designed to prevent the lasers exhaust gases from affecting the spacecraft attitude) and intended to explain it away as "experiments in the upper atmosphere fringe".

    The video has an interesting section at 1:51 when Energia launches as due to a slight delay in the engine gimbal controls the entire stack started to pitch over on takeoff due to the load asymettry!!! Launch personnel had a brief moment of utter panic until the automatics kicked in and corrected the alignment. Bad memories of the N-1 5L disaster no doubt... The glitch was noticeably fixed when they launched Buran on the 2nd (and last) flight.
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    Post  thegopnik on Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:25 am

    Did arrow take over papa dragons account? whats going on with his posts all of a sudden?
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    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:41 am

    thegopnik wrote:Did arrow take over papa dragons account? whats going on with his posts all of a sudden?

    PapaDragon has extremely low tolerance for Vann7's neverending bullsh*t


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    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:57 pm





    U.S. Military is Very Concerned About Russian "Attack" Satellites.


    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/32031/a-russian-inspector-spacecraft-now-appears-to-be-shadowing-an-american-spy-satellite



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    Post  George1 on Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:45 am

    US concerned by Russian spacecraft overshadowing US spy satellite — general


    Russian satellites identified as Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543, were sidling near the American satellite, known to space experts as a KH-11, in mid-January

    NEW YORK, February 11. /TASS/. The United States has notified Russia through diplomatic channels that it was concerned by an incident in which Russian satellites allegedly approached a US one, US Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond told the Time magazine on Monday.

    According to the magazine, Russian satellites identified as Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543, were sidling near the American satellite, known to space experts as a KH-11, in mid-January. USA 245 is a part of the Keyhole/CHRYSTAL reconnaissance constellation and operates in a polar orbit, which enables it to cover the entire surface of the Earth.

    "We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing," the US general said. "It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space."

    "It’s clear that Russia is developing on-orbit capabilities that seek to exploit our reliance on space-based systems that fuel our American way of life," Raymond continued.

    According to the official, the United States has expressed its concerns to Russia through diplomatic channels.

    The magazine said the incident marks the first time the US military publicly speak of a direct threat to a specific satellite by an adversary. The Time believes that such maneuvers may enable Russian satellites to receive high-quality images of a US satellite while it is performing its surveillance functions.

    The magazine quoted space security expert Brian Weeden as saying that the Russian satellites’ positioning could allow them to determine where the KH-11 is pointing, what ground targets it is taking picture of and the spacecraft’s general operating schedule and usage.

    However, Time stressed that maneuvers by Russian satellites do not constitute a breach of any treaty or the international law, because no binding agreements currently exist for this sphere.

    TASS was unable to get a comment from the Russian side at the time of the publication.


    https://tass.com/science/1118571
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    Post  kvs on Tue Feb 11, 2020 2:22 am

    George1 wrote:

    US concerned by Russian spacecraft overshadowing US spy satellite — general



    Russian satellites identified as Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543, were sidling near the American satellite, known to space experts as a KH-11, in mid-January

    NEW YORK, February 11. /TASS/. The United States has notified Russia through diplomatic channels that it was concerned by an incident in which Russian satellites allegedly approached a US one, US Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond told the Time magazine on Monday.

    According to the magazine, Russian satellites identified as Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543, were sidling near the American satellite, known to space experts as a KH-11, in mid-January. USA 245 is a part of the Keyhole/CHRYSTAL reconnaissance constellation and operates in a polar orbit, which enables it to cover the entire surface of the Earth.

    "We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing," the US general said. "It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space."

    "It’s clear that Russia is developing on-orbit capabilities that seek to exploit our reliance on space-based systems that fuel our American way of life," Raymond continued.

    According to the official, the United States has expressed its concerns to Russia through diplomatic channels.

    The magazine said the incident marks the first time the US military publicly speak of a direct threat to a specific satellite by an adversary. The Time believes that such maneuvers may enable Russian satellites to receive high-quality images of a US satellite while it is performing its surveillance functions.

    The magazine quoted space security expert Brian Weeden as saying that the Russian satellites’ positioning could allow them to determine where the KH-11 is pointing, what ground targets it is taking picture of and the spacecraft’s general operating schedule and usage.

    However, Time stressed that maneuvers by Russian satellites do not constitute a breach of any treaty or the international law, because no binding agreements currently exist for this sphere.

    TASS was unable to get a comment from the Russian side at the time of the publication.


    https://tass.com/science/1118571

    The USA does not own outer space. Russian or other satellites are free to dance around within 1 nm of any US satellite. The f*cking yanqui bitches
    kill the INF on false pretenses and now screech about their precious satellites being "threatened". Boohoo. The poor babies.

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    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:37 am

    Missile with military satellite "Meridian-M" launched on the second attempt from the Plesetsk cosmodrome

    The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Meridian-M military communications satellite took place on Thursday at the Plesetsk cosmodrome. This was reported to journalists in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

    "On Thursday, February 20, at 11.24 a.m. Moscow time, from launch pad No. 3 of platform No. 43 of the State Testing Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk Region), a medium-range launch vehicle was successfully launched by the combat crew of the Aerospace Forces the Soyuz-2.1A class with the Meridian-M spacecraft, the report said.


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    Post  kvs on Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:34 pm



    Nice discussion about Cosmos-2542 chasing US KH-11 spy satellites. Americans are practically crapping their pants.
    The Russian satellite is able to perfectly reproduce the orbit of the K-11 and basically scan it to death in all aspects.
    This has prompted the yanquis to expend the scarce fuel resources on the K-11 (designed to maintain its orbit and
    not to play orbital cat and mouse) to run away from the Russian spy satellite. It is a losing proposition since the
    K-11 has a mass 13.5 tons (it is a 20 m x 3 m bus with a 2.4 m optical mirror, i.e. a military version of the Hubble space
    telescope that is aimed at Russian territory and able to resolve at least 10 cm). The Russian satellite is much smaller
    and designed to have enough fuel to chase the KH-11 around.

    Cosmos-2542 released a baby inspector satellite (2543) which maneuvered in close proximity the KH-11 and released
    a projectile to let the yanquis know that they are not invincible to Russian mud hut dwellers. A key purpose of
    Cosmos-2542 is to be develop a detailed inspection capability to verify that the yanquis are not hiding orbital attack
    platforms as comm satellites and whatnot. Never, ever trust the yanquis. They are pathological liars and backstabbers
    who think God gave the Earth to them to rule over (aka Manifest Destiny).


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    Post  kvs on Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:39 pm

    Big_Gazza wrote:
    PapaDragon wrote:
    Vann7 wrote:A video of when Russia space program was great ... and very ambitious..

    In the 80s Russia military and Space agency was working very seriously to deploy
    a megawatt laser cannon in space to take down NATO satellites..  Wink

    .......

    Yeah, and then they fu*ked up by installing payload upside down   lol1

    A legendary failure and stuff of legends in space industry worldwide


    Actually the failure was due to a faulty attitude sensor that was re-purposed from another spacecraft due a failure of the flight unit, but wrongly configured.  It incorrectly resulted in Polyus rotating 360 degrees instead of 180 when it was released by the Energia carrier.

    Yep, a real fuckup, but apparently caused by exhaustion in an attempt to make the deadline.  The Sov gov was asked to authorise the launch because otherwise "there will be heart attacks"...

    In any case Gorbachev refused to allow the CO2 laser to be mated to Polyus.  Instead they used Xenon gas to prove the zero-reaction venting system (designed to prevent the lasers exhaust gases from affecting the spacecraft attitude) and intended to explain it away as "experiments in the upper atmosphere fringe".

    The video has an interesting section at 1:51 when Energia launches as due to a slight delay in the engine gimbal controls the entire stack started to pitch over on takeoff due to the load asymettry!!!  Launch personnel had a brief moment of utter panic until the automatics kicked in and corrected the alignment.   Bad memories of the N-1 5L disaster no doubt...  The glitch was noticeably fixed when they launched Buran on the 2nd (and last) flight.  

    Gorbie's regime was sabotaging the Soviet Union. He was prepping the way for its collapse into 3rd world capitalism. One of his achievements was Chernobyl.
    An illegal experiment conducted on an operation power plant that was guaranteed to produce a catastrophe. This experiment was authorized from the top.
    Gorbie also sabotaged the Soviet effort to fight off the jihadis in Afghanistan.
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:44 am

    The Chernobyl test had actually been performed several times before, but without producing the required data, so its wasn't "guaranteed to fail". IMHO the Chernobyl mini-series does a good job of explaining the reasons why it went pear-shaped in 1986.
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    Post  kvs on Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:27 am

    Big_Gazza wrote:The Chernobyl test had actually been performed several times before, but without producing the required data, so its wasn't "guaranteed to fail".  IMHO the Chernobyl mini-series does a good job of explaining the reasons why it went pear-shaped in 1986.

    Sorry, that's not an excuse.

    1) It did fail, so the probability was not zero.

    2) No production facility should be used for experiments. That is a no-brainer. No controlled conditions and ability to respond
    make it criminally insane.

    3) I can take any western reactor (except perhaps generation III+) and make it fail catastrophically. I just have to play around
    with the cooling rod insertion and retraction cycle. Sounds very much what the compromised clowns were doing at Chernobyl.
    BTW, the energy output of a fission reactor is not a mystery that requires tests with full blown prototype like with fusion reactors
    where the whole process of fusion is disrupted by wall losses and plasma instabilities.

    Given the evidence, if they were doing this "test" several times before it was a pure attempt to create plausible deniability and
    we see in your post that such tricks work.

    BTW, the Cerhnobyl mini-series was fiction:

    1) Soviet government higher ups did not ride around with an escort of machine armed guards.

    2) The workers did not strip themselves naked because of any heat or for any other reason.

    3) The response was well organized and any attempt to paint it as typical Soviet/Russian incompetence
    is a pure lie. We can see with the corona virus how "professional" western reactions to crisis are.
    Unlike disease, where the response has been known for centuries (quarantine and border closure to
    restrict migration of vectors), Chernobyl was a never-before-seen in history disaster in terms of
    civil response (no comparison with other accidents matters).

    No excuses.



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    Post  Big_Gazza on Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:39 am

    Agreed, and I'm not making excuses.  The Chernobyl accident was, above all, a gross failure of management.  The RMBK wasn't perfect but the nuclear scientists knew about its positive void coefficients and procedures were written to take account of it.  All being equal, I think the RMBK was no more dangerous than the 1st generation Western reactors like the GE Mk 1 (eg Fukushima) which was known to be subject to meltdown if the cooling water flow was to stop, even after a full scram....

    My point about the mini-series being accurate was confined to the detailed technical explanation of why it happened.  Running the reactor at low power for extended periods (due to stupid commands from a grid controller in Minsk), the subsequent accumulation of xenon "poison", the inability to maintain power output as a result, and the stupid decision to not abandon the test but to disable the rod controls and manually extract the rods to boost output for the test and compensate for the poisoned core.  Turning off the cooling water pumps in this situation was catastrophically incompetent as the water flow was the only thing keeping a lid on the power output.  

    Its greatly amusing how the Fukushima farce provided undeniable evidence of systematic and institutional Western dishonesty in the face of nuclear accidents.  The Japs were given the PR equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card.  TEPCO was caught red-handed LYING about EVERYTHING and yet our media refused to pin the blame where it was due.  The environmental effects in Fukushima are being played down yet the lurid nonsense about Chernobyl still get recycled (similar to the Tianamen "massacre" or CW attacks by the Syria gov).
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    Post  Austin on Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:49 am

    Found something interesting and radical here

    Ekipazh: Russia’s top-secret nuclear-powered satellite
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    Post  Austin on Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:01 am

    Russia’s secret satellite builder

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    Self-defense in space: protecting Russian spacecraft from ASAT attacks

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