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Proton-M Ready to Launch Raduga-1M-3 Military Communications Satellite

The Proton-M vehicle is rolled out horizontally to its launch pad. Tomorrow’s launch will be a military mission on behalf of the Russian government. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

A Russian Government Proton-M booster, together with a Briz-M upper stage, stands ready at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to launch the Raduga-1M-3 military communications satellite into orbit. [...]

A Watery Yarn: The Unlucky Voyage of Soyuz 23 (Part 2)

Soyuz 23′s descent module and deflated parachute are hoisted from the icy waters of Lake Tengiz. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker / SpaceFacts.de

Almost four decades ago, in the “deep cold” of the Cold War, a number of space missions launched by the Soviet Union to dock with early Salyut space stations failed to accomplish [...]

Dazzling Proton-M Returns to Flight With Astra 2E Communications Satellite

Less than three months after its dismal first-stage failure, International Launch Services (ILS) and its partners have triumphantly returned the Proton-M to flight. Liftoff from Baikonur occurred at 3:38 a.m. local time Monday (5:38 p.m. EDT Sunday). Photo Credit: ILS, with additional thanks to Mike Barrett

Eighty-nine days after a Khrunichev-built Proton-M booster wobbled, overturned, [...]

Cosmonaut Quits After Finding Something “More Interesting” To Do

Russian Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has quit his position in order to do something “more interesting.” Photo Credit: NASA

According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov has submitted his resignation on September 5. According Sergei Krikalev ,  administrator of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Lonchakov has found a “more interesting job.”

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India Prepares for Test Flight of Troubled GSLV Rocket

The first operational flight of India’s Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV)—and its first successful mission—took place in September 2004 and delivered the EDUSAT/GSAT-3 payload into orbit. Photo Credit: ISRO

After many delays, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is primed to fly its Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark II rocket on Monday, 19 [...]

NASA Television to Broadcast Two Russian Spacewalks in August

Image Credit: NASA

NASA Television will provide live coverage as two Russian cosmonauts venture outside the International Space Station on spacewalks Friday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Medvedev Reprimands Roscosmos Chief

Roscosmos Chief Vladimir Popovkin has been reprimanded by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Photo Credit: Ria Novosti

On August 2, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an official reprimand to Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin citing incompetence.

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Proton Launch Failure Update: Culprit Found

Angular velocity sensors installed upside down may account for the July 1 Proton-M launch taking a nosedive. Photo Credit: Tsenki TV

It appears a likely culprit of the July 1 Proton-M launch failure has been discovered. In the first English-language report, Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb, relates that investigators combing through wreckage from the crash discovered that the angular [...]

Update on Proton-M Launch Failure Fall-out

Photo Credit: Roscosmos / Vesti.ru

In the days since the spectacular failure of a Proton-M rocket seconds after its July 1 launch, a few more details have surfaced to shed a little light on the event. So far, most sources are being reported as anonymous and no information has been made public by the official investigation.

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Repercussions of Proton-M’s Fiery Launch Failure

Photo Credit: Tsenki TV

At 8:38 a.m. local time on July 2, a three-stage Proton-M with Block DM-03 upper stage took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s launch pad 24 at launch complex 81 carrying three GLONASS-M navigation satellites. Less than a minute later, the rocket and its cargo was back on the ground in a [...]