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Systems tests of Angara-5 launch vehicle have been completed at the launch site of Plesetsk cosmodrome

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Systems tests of Angara-5 heavy launch vehicle (LV) have been completed at the launch site of Plesetsk cosmodrome, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the official representative of the Aerospace Defense Forces, Alexey Zolotukhin.

“The team of Plesetsk cosmodrome has completed the system tests of multi purpose launch site designed for Angara launch vehicle,” Zolotukhin added.

In the course of the systems tests the cosmodrome’s specialists carried out a number of electric tests of systems and components of Angara-5 and launching equipment, tested a system responsible for fueling the LV with components of rocket propellant and checked the readiness of the multi-purpose launch site for the first launch of Angara-5 heavy LV.

Angara-5 LV has been removed from the launch pad of the multi purpose launch site and transferred to integration and test building, where the cosmodrome’s specialists started preparation of Angara-5 LV for the start of flight tests.

The first launch of Angara-5 heavy LV from the Plesetsk cosmodrome is scheduled for December 2014.

Soyuz TMA-15M successfully docked with ISS

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Soyuz TMA-15M manned transport spaceship docked with International Space Station (ISS) on November 24th 2014  (05.48 Moscow time), press-service of Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) reports.

The spaceship docked with Rassvet research module of Russian segment of the ISS. The rendezvous procedure has been performed in automatic mode under control of specialists from Mission Control Center of TSNIIMASH, crew of Soyuz TMA-15M: commander Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos), flight engineers Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA) and Terry Virts (NASA); and the Russian members of ISS crew Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova.

First launch of Angara launch vehicle is scheduled for December 25th 2014

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The first launch of Angara heavy launch vehicle (LV) from Plesetsk cosmodrome is scheduled for December 25th 2014, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the head of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Oleg Ostapenko.

“So far we haven’t experienced any delays. According to reports the preparation is on schedule,” Ostapenko said.

Angara Family is being developed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre; it comprises launch vehicles of different classes from light to heavy ones (payload varies from 1,5 to 35 tons). The first flight of heavy Angara launch vehicle is scheduled for 2018; the LV will be launched from Vostochny cosmodrome (Amur Region).

Roscosmos reported earlier that the new Angara LV would provide Russia with independent access to the space and allow reaching a new level of technology. The LV will be able to place heavy spacecraft into geostationary Earth orbit. All the components of the new rocket are manufactured in Russia providing the technological security. In addition, Angara will use eco-friendly fuel – oxygen and kerosene.

ISS to carry out evasive maneuver from Chinese satellite’s debris

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Russia’s Mission Control Center will conduct an altitude correction of the International Space Station (ISS) later on Wednesday to evade the debris of a Chinese spacecraft threatening it, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has said.

“The maneuver will take place at 3.35 p.m. Moscow time (12:35 GMT) with the use of an engine unit of European spacecraft ATV,” a spokesman for Roscosmos said.

Soyuz spacecraft brings three ISS crew members home

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The landing module of the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft, carrying a Russian cosmonaut and two of his International Space Station (ISS) crewmates, touched down in Kazakhstan, media reported Monday.

“The capsule landed in the planned landing area, 82 km from the Kazakh city of Arkalyk,” according to the Moscow region-based Mission Control Centre.

A rescue service aircraft detected the signal from the landing module’s transmitter.

Search and rescue groups then helped the international crew exit the capsule, the statement from the Mission Control Centre said.

The Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency’s Alexander Gerst on board had undocked from the ISS at 3.30 a.m. Moscow time.

Roscosmos launches mission “Luna-25″

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The representative of the Russian Space Agency, Yuri Makarov announced ambitious plans for the agency for the next 10 years. The main emphasis is on the development of the moon.

To exit from Earth orbit to replace manned “Soyuz” comes more promising transport ship. Model of the future transporter was presented RSC “Energia” at Air Show “MAKS-2013″ in August last year. The estimated project cost 160 billion. Rubles. Flight testing of the ship will be held in 2020 with the launch vehicle “Angara”. It is expected that the launch will happen to the cosmodrome “East” in the Amur region, the construction of which will end in 2018.

The Director of the Institute of Space Research Leo Green believes that Russia will be able to carry out the landing of astronauts on the moon at the end of the next decade. To do this, a number of projects Luna 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 landing area must meet certain required criteria. The site should be in the line of sight of the Earth. Also, at a depth of not less than 1.5 m from the surface of the water should be. Most of these requirements correspond to the area of ​​the South Pole of the moon.

Scientists predict a lunar space station in the 2030′s. In the 2040′s will be built landing station. In the 2050s will earn a full moon base and an observatory. For the operation of the infrastructure will be deployed solar arrays.

Putin orders government to continue financing Era-Glonass system

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President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to fund the development of the Era-Glonass emergency response system to its completion and “not give up halfway,” by handing the responsibility off to private firms, state news agency TASS reported Wednesday.

Russia’s Glonass, the network of navigation satellites that Era-Glonass operates on, is a high priority national security project for Putin and the Russian government. Like Europe and China, which are also pursuing their own satellite navigation systems, Russia views U.S. dominance in the field of satellite navigation to be a military threat and missed commercial opportunity.

The government has already sunk around 4 billion rubles ($100 million) into the development of the Era-Glonass system, which provides response information to Russia’s emergency services and works within the larger architecture of the Glonass satellite navigation system, Russia’s answer to the U.S.-owned and operated GPS system.

Six Glonass devices to be launched in 2015

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Program to maintain GLONASS satellite navigation system includes the launch of six vehicles in 2015, Deputy General Designer of “Information Satellite Systems” (ISS) Yuri Vygonsky said.

According to him, in April-May, 2015 it is expected to launch the next three “Glonass-M” units, which will be implemented from Baikonur rocket “Proton-M”.

He noted that in the case of a successful launch three spacecraft will be launched with the help of “Proton-M” at the end of 2015.

Vygonsky reported that there are five satellites ready for the launch in the ISS. According to him, in November-December, 2014 it is scheduled to launch the second satellite navigation of new generation “Glonass-K”. The launch will be made ​​from Plesetsk by rocket Soyuz-2.1b.

“RT-Himkompozit” created polymer honeycomb panels for spacecraft

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“RT-Himkompozit”, which belongs to the State Corporation Rostec, participated in the Second International Conference “Heat pipes for space applications”, dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the outstanding Soviet scientist and designer Babakina.

The conference was held with the support of the Federal Space Agency with the participation of leading experts in the field of construction of spacecraft from Russia, as well as the near and far abroad.

Deputy Director General of “Technology”, part of the “RT-Himkompozit”, gave a presentation on the prospects and the effectiveness of new materials in the panels of thermal control systems of spacecraft. In his speech, Anatoly Khmelnitsky summed up the experience of experts of “Technology” and NPP “Thais”, obtained in the course of joint work on the development of carbon fiber skins thermal honeycombs for spacecraft.

Foton-M satellite to land on September 1

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The landing of Russia’s Foton-M biosatellite with geckos, fruit flies, silkworm eggs, mushrooms and seeds of higher plants on board is appointed for the Knowledge Day, September 1, in the Orenburg region, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti.
“The program of scientific experiments has been completed. The State Commission decided to land Foton-M at 13.18 (9:18 GMT) on September 1 in the Orenburg region,” according to the statement.
The biological mission of the Foton-M satellite included eight experiments. The experiments involving five geckos were to monitor their reproductive activity in space. The mission was also to study the effect of weightlessness on plants and insects, and to conduct experiments on the growth of semiconductor crystals.