Contents tagged with Roscosmos

  • Kremlin admits sanctions impacted Russia’s ability to launch satellites

    Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, cannot launch some satellites due to the lack of chips that Russia cannot obtain due to sanctions, said Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin.

    "We have more than enough rockets, there is no doubt," Rogozin explained, speaking at a parliamentary hearing in the State Duma on the topic of Western sanctions and measures to minimize their impact on the Russian politics and economy.

    According to him, the manufacturers have satellites, but they are missing one specific chip, …

  • Russia suspends development of heavy rocket for Moon flights

    Russia is suspending the development of a Yenisei-class super-heavy rocket that was planned to be used for flights to the Moon, reported Interfax, citing the head of the Progress Rocket and Space Center Dmitry Baranov.

    The Space Council  of the Russian Academy of Sciences recommended that the rocket, which was expected to be able to launch a 20-ton spacecraft into polar near-moon orbit, should be postponed indefinitely.

    The decision was made following the report of the head of the Russian …

  • Russia removed from Lunar Gateway project

    Russia has been removed from the expert which is developing the near-moon station the Lunar Gateway, headed by the space agency NASA, reported RIA Novosti, citing a source in the Russian space industry.

    The decision to remove Russian representatives from the expert group of the Gateway project was taken after repeated statements by the Russian side about Russia’s insufficient role in it.

    "Russian representatives are removed from the discussions on this topic, removed from email correspondence, …

  • Number of Russia’s space launches falls to lowest level in 12 years

    Russian Space Agency’s ambitious plans to "raise the Russian space industry from its knees” are back on paper.

    For the second year in a row, the Roscosmos State Corporation has failed the government's plan on the number of space launches.

    By the end of 2020, Russia conducted 16 launches. 7 of them were from the Baikonur and Plesetsk cosmodromes, one from Vostochny and one from Kura, RIA Novosti reported.

    The final result was three times lower than the plan announced by Roscosmos in December 2 …

  • U.S. prepares sanctions against Russian Defense Ministry, Aviation Industry, Space and Nuclear Agencies

    The United States has prepared new sanctions against Russia, which will include more than 30 state-owned companies, agencies and entities.

    Russian organizations will be subject to restrictive measures as part of the sanctions package against China, RIA Novosti reports citing a draft document that has not yet been published.

    The Russian Defense Ministry, as well as the subsidiaries of the Russian Nuclear Agency, Rosatom, and Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, may fall under these sanctions.

    The …

  • Putin demands that Russian Space Agency explain delays with super-heavy rocket program

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos explain the delays with the super-heavy rocket program.

    According to Putin, the state corporation was tasked with preparing a number of new programs such as the development of a super-heavy rocket, the creation of a space group within the framework of the Sphere project, and the development of the GLONASS system.

    "However, as I see it, these programs have not been approved to date. I ask you to provide …

  • Russian Space Agency cut off from French technologies

    The French company, which supplied the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos with parts for satellites, unexpectedly refused to continue the supplies of the components, announced the Managing Director of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council of Rostec State Corporation Yuri Koptev.

    "We started producing spacecraft that used the component base of our respected foreign colleagues. Just two months ago, a French firm that supplied vacuum lamps to one of the subsidiaries …

  • Adviser of Russian politician close to Putin detained on suspicion of treason

    Ivan Safronov, information policy adviser of the Head of Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has been detained on suspicion of treason, reports TASS news agency, citing Roscosmos’ press service. According to TASS, detention is not related to Safronov’s current work.

    "The press service of the state corporation Roscosmos reports that today the investigative bodies detained the adviser to the director general of the state corporation "Roscosmos, Safronov I.I.," TASS quoted Roscosmos representatives …

  • Russia invites the U.S. to work on joint Moon exploration projects

    Russia’s Space Agency Roscosmos invited NASA management to discuss joint Moon exploration projects, reports the Russian newspaper Kommersant with reference to Sergey Saveliev, Roscosmos’ Deputy Director for International Cooperation.

    According to Saveliev, in recent years the channels of direct communication between Roscosmos State Corporation and NASA in a number of areas have "noticeably deteriorated".

    "Instead of discussing dozens of projects of mutual interest, it comes down either to the …

  • Russia accuses Trump of aggression in space

    The Russian space agency Roscosmos has accused the US President Donald Trump of "aggressive plans to capture planets."

    A statement of Roscosmos’ Deputy Director General Sergey Saveliev has been published on the agency’s website in response to the decree “on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources” signed the day before by the President of the United States.

    "Attempts to expropriate outer space and aggressive plans to actually seize the territories of …