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February 26, 2015
Russia to Build Its Own Orbital Station After 2024
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Feb 25, 2015
Russia will continue using the International Space Station (ISS) until around 2024 and is planning to build its own orbital outpost using the existing ISS modules, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. "The configuration of a multi-purpose lab module, a docking module and a scientific-energy module allows us to build an orbital station to ensure Russia's access to outer space," Roscosmos Science and Technology Board said in a statement. In addition, Russia will actively study the Moon ... read more

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Russia to Launch Three Communications Satellites
The trio of Gonets-M probes will blast off from Plesetsk in early March, their maker, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, has announced on its website. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visi ... more
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Rogozin Says Russia Must Continue International Space Cooperation
Introducing the new head of Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Rogozin, who oversees Russia's defense and space industries, said that the creation of the Roscosmos state corporation would help ... more
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Energia's International Work Unaffected by US Sanctions
US sanctions against Moscow are not going to influence the work of Russian rocket and space corporation Energia internationally, as the company also collaborates with a wide range of European compan ... more
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Vostochny Space Center Construction Back On Track for 2015
Workers at the Vostochny Space Center in Russia's Far East are moving quickly to catch up to the original construction schedule and complete the work in time, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Ro ... more
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Plans to Create Russian National Orbital Station Confirmed
Russia's space agency Roscosmos is currently looking at plans to create a national space station that may be included in the new Federal Space Program, Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said Monday. "I ... more
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Russia to Conduct 7 Launches at Baikonur next 3 Months
Russia plans to conduct seven launches from the Baikonur space center during the period from December 2014 until February 2015, a source in the space industry told RIA Novosti on Monday. "The ... more
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US Senate May Ban Purchase of Russian Rocket Engines Next Week: McCain
Senator John McCain said that the vote in the US Senate on the defense budget, including the amendment to ban the purchase of Russian RD-180 rocket engines, will be held not earlier than next Tuesda ... more
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Chief of Russia's Vostochny Space Center Project Resigns
A decree by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Sklyarov was relieved of his duties "on his own request." Another governmental decree appoints Kirill Martynyuk to the post. The V ... more
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Russia Opens New National Defense Control Center
The creation of the National Defense Control Center began in May 2013. President Vladimir Putin has announced that the council will improve the military's central command system. From April 1 to Dec ... more
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US Bans Technology Export for Russian Spektr-UV Telescope Project
The United States is trying to block the implementation of a major international project on the creation of a satellite observatory by banning the supply of certain technology to Russia, the Izvesti ... more
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Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect
Russia's space agency said Wednesday it was postponing the launch of a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite in order to correct a defect, in just the latest problem to ground the rocket. ... more
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Russia studies construction of its own orbital station
Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos is studying several options of creating a brand-new Russian orbital station, which could replace the International Space Station (ISS), deputy chief of Roscos ... more
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Rebuilding Russia's leadership role in space
Russia will regain its Soviet-era reputation of space exploration leader if the Federal Space Program for 2016-2025, which includes a flight to Mercury, plays out as planned, Lev Zeleny, director of ... more
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Launched Russian satellites to reach 150 by 2025
Russia will increase the number of its orbital satellites to 150 by 2025, head of Russia's United Rocket Space Corporation (URSC) said Monday. "According to the federal space program's new project, ... more
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Cosmodrome construction falls behind schedule
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday blame government officials for slow progress in the construction of the new Vostochny space center in the Far Eastern Amur region. "Implementat ... more
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US to Continue Space Cooperation With Russia After Spacecraft Crashes
The United States plans to continue cooperation with Russia in the space industry amid US spacecraft crashes, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday. "We have continued to see ... more
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    Russia Ratifies Cuba Space Deal
    Russia's Federation Council has ratified the intergovernmental agreement with Cuba on cooperation in exploring and using space for peaceful purposes on Wednesday. The agreement was signed on F ... more
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    Russia Puts Meridian Communications Satellite Into Orbit
    A Meridian communications satellite has been put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursda ... more
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    Vostochny Cosmodrome Construction Safe for Environment
    Fuel that is supposed to be used for rocket launch at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Trans-Amur Territory is safe for environment, the government of the Amur Region said on its official web ... more
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    Russian 'Smart' Mini-Satellites to Go Into Orbit in 2016
    The first group of Russian "smart" mini-satellites should be launched into orbit in 2016, Mikhail Sonkin, the Deputy Governor of Russia's Tomsk Region, said Wednesday. "The signing of an agree ... more
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    Russia launches Proton-M rocket after accident
    Russia on Sunday successfully launched a Proton-M rocket carrying a satellite into orbit in the first such launch since one of the rockets fell back to Earth soon after liftoff in May. The Pro ... more
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    First Proton Carrier Rocket Installed on Launch Pad After May Accident
    The carrier rocket Proton-M with the Luch spacecraft onboard has been installed on the launch pad at the Baikonur space center, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center representative t ... more
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    Russia Plans to Boost Space Monitoring Capability by 2018
    Russia will build a network of advanced laser-optical and radar stations in the next four years to boost its space object recognition capability, the Defense Ministry said Friday. "The new net ... more
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    Russia to Boost Space Microelectronics Production
    Russia will boost its production of space microelectronics, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Rossiya-24 television Monday. Western sanctions against Russia have two main objectives, R ... more
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