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January 28, 2015
Russia to Launch Three Communications Satellites
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 28, 2015
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 visited the RISS headquarters last week to oversee the construction of the six space satellites being manufactured for the Russian military. "The Gonets-M satellites have been delivered to the space launch center on board an Il-76 transport plane and they will soon be readied for launch, scheduled for early ... read more

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Chief of Russia's Vostochny Space Center Project Resigns
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Russia postpones Proton-M launch over defect
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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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