Contents tagged with Roscosmos

  • Former head of Russia's Roskosmos found dead in Moscow

    Vladimir Yevdokimov, former executive director of the state corporation “Roskosmos”, arrested on charges of fraud, was found dead in the Investigatory Isolation Center in northern Moscow, Interfax reported with reference to a source in the law enforcement agencies.

    “Yevdokimov’s body was discovered this morning in one of the cells of SIZO-5 (Investigatory Isolation Center) on Vyborg street. The cause of death is being established,” the source said. He added that an investigative team had …

  • Russian Deputy PM warns of possible trouble with Proton-M rocket assembly workers

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin stated that the reason for withdrawing the engines of the second and third rocket stages of the Proton-М is the low salaries of the plant workers.

    “Production standards [at Voronezh mechanical plant] are very low. They are in bad condition and I personally witnessed it. This plant should be updated first,” Rogozin said, according to RIA Novosti.

    “Yesterday I signed an order for Roskosmos to analyze all critical launch vehicles, engines, various …

  • Roskosmos recalls Proton-M rocket engines

    Roskosmos recalled Proton-M rockets engines due to technical problems which came to light in the course of launch tests. This was reported by the Kommersant newspaper on Wednesday, January 25th, referencing several top managers of the space industry enterprise.

    According to them, this concerns the RD-0210/0211 and RD-0213/0214 engines produced by the Voronezh Mechanical Plant, which are installed in the second and third stages of Proton. The investigation revealed that during the assembly of …

  • Roscosmos requires payment of funds frozen by France in the Yukos case

    The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities refuses to supply Soyuz carrier rockets to the French company Arianespace because of non-payment of 300 million euros. These assets have been blocked by a French court in connection with the Yukos case, the French edition of Les Echos wrote on Friday, October 28th.

    "We do not get money from Arianespace for our work. No money, no product. We cannot work for free," Les Echos stated, quoting the press service of Roscosmos. The said amount was …

  • Russia's Roscosmos to pay to calculate flight trajectories to Mars and Jupiter

    The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities has allocated 127 million rubles for the calculation of trajectories of flights to the Moon, Mars and Jupiter as noted in the online application for Government Procurement in Russia. The procurement notice requires the calculation of the trajectory for an interplanetary spacecraft to Mars and the Moon, including the trajectory for descent and landing on the Moon.It also requires the calculation of the trajectory to control the landing …

  • Russian satellites encounter problems due to import substitution

    The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was forced to order an additional four Meridian communication satellites due to the fact that the Sphere-B perspective devices, which were planned for replacement, proved to be too heavy for existing carrier rockets.

    “The problems with import substitution, especially with regard to electronic component bases, has resulted in an increase to the actual mass of the Sphere-B devices.  This means that the Proton-M and the Angara-A5 Russian carrier …

  • Putin to replace Russia's space agency

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree dissolving Roscosmos, one of the most advanced space agencies in the world. Starting January 1st, 2016, a state-run corporation will replace the space program.

    "You can compare it to the fall of the Roman Empire... The Russian space industry is collapsing," an analyst and science associate at the Russian Academy of Sciences told IBTimes UK.

    A statement by Roscosmos hinted that the decision was made due to government cutbacks during the …