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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 [...]

ISRO Successfully Launches Navigation Satellite Hours Before Russian Proton Disaster

Video courtesy of ISRO

Within less than 24 hours, one space agency successfully launched a rocket with its spacecraft, as another suffered a spectacular failure. On July 1, 2013, at 2:11 p.m. EDT (11:41 p.m. local time ), an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, or “PSLV,” launched the first [...]

Proton Rocket With GLONASS Explodes in Massive Fireball

Video courtesy of Roscosmos

A Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Proton rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites went out of control, resulting in a huge explosion. Shortly after liftoff on Monday, June 1, the Proton can be seen swaying wildly side to side, before arcing back toward Earth and [...]

'Tense and Magnificent': The World’s First Space Station (Part 2)

 

Artist’s concept of Soyuz 10 approaching the Salyut 1/DOS space station in April 1971. Image Credit: Roscosmos

Two years after the United States landed the first men on the Moon, the Soviet Union was ready to stage its own spectacular—the launch of the world’s first Earth-orbiting space station—in response. As described in yesterday’s [...]

'The Main Road': The World’s First Space Station (Part 1)

Artist’s concept of Soyuz 10 approaching the Salyut 1/DOS space station in April 1971. Image Credit: Roscosmos

When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon in July 1969, the people of the Soviet Union did not see the live coverage of his historic steps. It was a decision later condemned by cosmonaut Alexei [...]

Four Decades After It Landed on the Red Planet, Mars 3 Found

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered what could be segments of the Soviet Union’s Mars 3 spacecraft, which disappeared on the Red Planet in 1971. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

On May 28, 1971, the Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft blasted off from Baikonur atop a Proton-K rocket, just nine days after its sister probe Mars 2. [...]

Proton-M Flies With Mexico's Satmex-8 Satellite—UPDATE

The Proton-M vehicle is rolled out horizontally to its launch pad. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Hearts really were in mouths tonight, as a 191-foot-tall Proton-M booster roared aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Mexico’s Satmex-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth. Built by the Khrunichev Research and State Production [...]