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10/31/2006

Sea-based Comodrome, the Pacific Ocean – MCC-M, the city of Korolev.
Sea LaunchAt 02 hours 49 minutes, Moscow Time (October 30, 2006, 23 hours 49 minutes Mean Greenwich Time) Integrated Launch Vehicle Zenit-3SL carrying XM-4 Spacecraft as a payload was launched from the sea-based Odyssey Launch Platform of the Sea Launch Complex.
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10/27/2006

Korolev, Moscow region.
The launch of a US telecommunications spacecraft XM-4 from a sea-going launch site – Sea Launch system - currently stationed in the Pacific, that was slated for October 27,2006, at 03:48 Moscow Daylight Saving Time has been postponed because of problems found in the fuelling system for the launch vehicle. The spacecraft and the launch vehicle are in good working order. After the cause of the contingency is remedied, a decision will be made on whether it will be possible to proceed with the launch preparations and launching of the communications satellite.

RSC Energia is the prime company for the rocket segment of the Sea Launch system is responsible for its processing within the system, and, together with its subcontractors in the industry manufactures and operates the upper stage DM-SL as the third stage of Zenit-3SL integrated launch vehicle.

 
 
 

10/26/2006

Korolev, Moscow area.
Following its autonomous, three-day near-earth orbital flight, Russian Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle had docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
During the docking process, telemetry sensors indicated that one of the antennas of the Kurs rendezvous system as part of the cargo vehicle failed to close completely. The retraction process was suspended until the situation was made clear. The specialists from the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) looked into the situation and decided to continue retraction. For safety reasons, the crew of ISS Expedition 14th was commanded to close Transfer Compartment hatch.
During the next communication session, the docking operation had been successfully completed.
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10/25/2006

Brussels.
On October 24, 2006, a press conference was held in Brussels (Belgium) concerning the upcoming opening of the 55th International Innovation Salon “Brussels – Eureka”.
On June 28, 2006, in Moscow, a Memorandum of Cooperation between S.P.Korolev RSC Energia,  the Belgian federal department for scientific policy and CPE Exhibition (Conceptum Group). In accordance with the Memorandum, during the period of November 23-27, 2006, S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia will take part in the Brussels Innova – Eureka Salon and will set up a booth in the Salon exhibition space.
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10/23/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The launch of Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle was launched to the International Space Station from the launch pad #1 of Baikonur launch site at 17:41:35 Moscow summer time.
The launch is aimed at delivering cargo to the ISS, which is required to continue the station manned operation, support crew living and working conditions, and re-supply the engine tanks with propellant.
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10/21/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
"'Soyuz-U - Progress M-58'" At 5:00 Moscow time Soyuz launch vehicle was rolled out from the integration building to the launch pad. Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-58 transport vehicle is installed on the launch pad. L-2 days activities have been started.
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10/20/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Technical management meeting chaired by N.N.Sevastiyanov, President, General Designer of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, and Government Commission meeting were convened. A decision is made to roll out Soyuz-U launch vehicle with Progress M-58 transport vehicle to the launch pad.
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Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The orbital module was integrated with the Soyuz-U launch vehicle in the processing facility.
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10/19/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle, containing Progress M-58 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility for the general integration with LV.
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10/18/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Progress M-58 cargo vehicle was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the cargo vehicle was performed.
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Star City, Moscow area.
A red carpet welcome of the ISS-13 crew consisting of Pavel Vinogradov and Jeffry Williams, as well as the first woman space tourist Anoushek Ansari took place in the House of Cosmonauts of Yu. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
The cosmonauts were offered congratulations and presented gifts and souvenirs by the representatives of Roscosmos, GCTC RGNII, NASA, ESA and public organizations. N.N.Sevastiyanov, President, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia congratulated the crew on a successful mission, presented traditional sets of RSC Energia medals. The cosmonauts told about their on-orbit activities and thanked all specialists for supporting the flight.
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10/17/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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10/15/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Ïðîãðåññ Ì-58Progress M-58 fuelled with propellant components and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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10/13/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Technical Management meeting took place, which made a decision to fuel Progress M-58 cargo vehicle with propellant components and compressed gases.
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10/11/2006

Korolev, Moscow area.
International Commission on cosmonauts selection has decided in favor of enlisting seven new cosmonaut candidates as members of Russian cosmonaut corps. Among them are the employees of RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, the engineers Yelena Olegovna Serova and Nikolai Vladomirovich Tikhonov.
Cosmonaut candidates are to get down in the established order to general space training to be conducted at RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin under test cosmonauts program.

 
 
 
10/10/2006

Korolev, Moscow area.
Under the International Space Station (ISS) Program, the Soyuz TMA-9 manned space vehicle was relocated from docking port of Russian Service Module Zvezda to a free docking port of Functional Cargo Block Zarya. The undocking was conducted at 23 hours 14 minutes, Moscow Time. The operations to move the space vehicle from the station and provide subsequent docking were performed in a manually-operated mode by space vehicle commander Mikhail Tyurin. The space vehicle autonomous flight lasted 20 minutes.
The operation is aimed at getting the docking port of Zvezda Module Instrument Compartment ready for receiving Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle, the launch of which is slated for October 23, 2006.
All ISS and space systems operate in design modes.
The cosmonauts feel good and healthy.
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Soyuz TMA-9 space vehicle has been operating as rescue vehicle on the ISS since September 20, 2006. It is the ninth redocking of the Soyuzes throughout the ISS operation in a human flight mode.

Korolev, Moscow area.
On the Baikonur cosmodrome, specialists of Korolev RSC Energia together with representatives of subcontractors of the industry perform a preflight processing of the Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle whose launch to the International Space Station (ISS) is planned for October 23, 2006.
In accordance with the processing schedule, n the period from September 12 to October 2, one performed the acceptance of the vehicle after its transportation from RSC Energia Experimental Machine-Building Plant to the cosmodrome, prepared and conducted electrical tests, integrated tests of vehicle systems, checked the Kurs docking radio system, the vehicle pressure integrity.
At present, one performs final operations prior to vehicle transportation to the fueling station to load vehicle systems with propellant and working components. The cargo bay of the vehicle accommodates the cargoes to be delivered to ISS.

 
 
 
10/09/2006

City of Korolev, Moscow Region – Moscow.
"Stockholders’ meeting"At the Scientific and Technical Board meeting held at Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) after S. Ordzhonikidze N.N. Sevastiyanov, the President, General Designer of Rocket and Space Corporation Energia after S.P. Korolev made a report on the proposed concept of human flight program development.
The concept involves further build-up of the activities to develop near-earth space based upon further deployment and operation of the International Space Station; staged development of Clipper reusable space transportation system; as well as recommencement of the activities on implementing manned space flights under Lunar and Martian programs.
The concept implies switch-over to industrialization of space, Moon and other planet resources.
The meeting attendees found the speech made by N.N. Sevastiyanov most interesting and substantial in comparison with the earlier reports made at the Board.

 
 
 

10/02/2006

Star City, Moscow Region.
Today the first postflight meeting with cosmonauts returned to the Earth on September 29 after work on the International Space Station (ISS) was held.
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Valencia. Spain.
The 57-th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) opened in Valencia, Spain. Within the framework of IAC the world leading specialists will be able to exchange data and plans and also consider capabilities for cooperation.
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia is among the participants.
The Congress program includes more than 1400 reports. For the first time during the last years the RSC Energia specialists will present reports practically on all the main lines of the enterprise activities. The report subjects are the following:

  • Concept of the manned cosmonautics development
  • Cost-effective cosmonautics – a foundation for the future space market
  • Space stations: evolution and new programs
  • Advanced space observation and mapping system Smotr
  • Commercial space systems
  • Reusable space transportation system Clipper
  • Status and problems to use space stations.
 
 
 

09/30/2006

Star City, Moscow Region.
"Stockholders’ meeting"As per the Articles of Association of Public Corporation RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev and the Law on Public Joint Stock Companies, the Corporation hosted extraordinary stockholders’ meeting.
The meeting was opened by the Corporation’s Chairman of the Board of Directors
N.F. Moiseev, the Head of High Technologies Department at the RF Government.
Agenda of the meeting:

  • Approval of the Corporation’s Auditor for 2006 (L.E. Fedorin, Chief Accountant, Corporation’s Vice-President as a speaker);
  • On the Corporation membership in the International Association of Space Activities Members (N.N. Sevastiyanov, the President, Corporation’s General Designer as a speaker).

4261 participants holding a total number of 846001 shares were recorded at the meeting (75,28% of the Public Corporation total number of voting shares).
LLC INTEREKSPERTIZA, the winner of the contest of auditing firms, was approved as the Corporation’s auditor.
The stockholders took decision on the Corporation participation in the International Association of Space Activities Members.

 
 
 

09/29/2006

Star City, Moscow Region.
The Soyuz TMA-8 crew consisting of Pavel Vinogradov (commander, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia test cosmonaut), Jeffry Williams (flight engineer, NASA astronaut), Anoushek Ansari (spaceflight participant) are brought by Yu. Gagarin CTC RGNII plane to Chkalovsky airdrome, where they were met by Roscosmos, NASA, RSC Energia, CTC RGNII IBMP managers, ESA representatives, journalists, as well as relatives and friends.
From the airdrome the crew was brought by bus to Star City for recreation and post-flight activities. Here they had a conversation with N.N. Sevastiyanov, RSC Energia Designer General, reviewing the basic flight results.
A traditional post-flight press conference for Soyuz TMA-8 crew at GCTC is scheduled on October 2, 2006.

Korolev, Moscow Area.
"Landing"The Soyuz TMA-8 descent module returned to ground the Expedition 13 crew of the International Space Station (ISS-13) consisting of Pavel Vinogradov (commander, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia test cosmonaut), and Jeffry Williams (flight engineer, NASA astronaut). Anousheh Ansari, spaceflight participant, who has been working onboard the ISS from September 20 through September 28 under the visiting crew (VC-11) program returned to the Earth together with the ISS-13 crew.
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09/20/2006

Korolev, Moscow Area.
The Russian Soyuz TMA-9 manned transport spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft approached the ISS. Berthing was executed in an automatic mode.
At 9:21 Moscow Summer Time the spacecraft docking assembly came into contact with the docking port of the Russian module Zvezda. At that time the ISS was within the Russian ground site coverage.
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 video-recording of the Soyuz TMA-9 docking
 
 
 

09/19/2006

Korolev, Moscow Area.
Vladimir Sergeevich Syromyatnikov, Chief research assistant of S.P. Korolev Rocket & Space Corporation Energia, Doctor of Science (Engineering), Professor, Corresponding Member of RAS died at the age of seventy three.
Fifty years of his life Vladimir Sergeevich devoted to development of rocket and space technology. He rose from an engineer to a head of division of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
Vladimir Sergeevich is a founder and leader of the Russian scientific school in space docking, which has gained international recognition.
 
 
 

09/18/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
"ISS-14"At 08:08:42 Moscow Daylight Saving Time a launch vehicle Soyuz-FG with Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur launch site to the International Space Station.
The Increment 14 (ISS-14) crew and visiting crew 11 (VC-11) are on board the Russian transport manned vehicle.
The crew of Soyuz TMA-9 consists of  a Russian pilot-cosmonaut, test cosmonaut of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia Mikhail Vladislavovich Turin, NASA astronaut Michael Eladio Lopez-Alegria; a space flight participant  Ansari Anousheh. The objective of the launch is the scheduled replacement of the crew of Expedition Thirteen (ISS-13) and of the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft that has been serving within the space station as its crew rescue vehicle since April 1,2006.
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 video-recording of Soyuz-FG LV lift-off

On the eve of the launch of the manned space system, RSC Energia received guests: a delegation from OAO Gasprom headed by its president A.B.Miller, Governor of the Kaluga region A.D.Artomonov, representatives from OAO Gascom, as well as journalist from the leading TV channels and information agencies. On September 17 the guests visited the RSC Energia’s Integration and Checkout Facility at Baikonur, met with the RSC Energia President and Designer General Nikolai Nikolaevich Sevastiyanov,and also visited the museum of the launch site. On September 18, at 8:09, the guests witnessed the launch of the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG carrying Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft.
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"ISS-14"The spacecraft commander is reporting on the crew readiness for the flight.

 

"ISS-14"The Federal Space Agency and S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia leaders are talking with the crew members.
 

"ISS-14"The main crew is donning flight space suits and checking them for pressure integrity.
 
 
 

09/17/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-9A meeting of the State Commission was held. RSC Energia President and Designer General N. N. Sevastiyanov reported on the readiness of the manned space-rocket system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-9 for further pre-launch processing. He noted that the International Space Station (ISS) is ready for the arrival of Expedition 14 and visiting crew 11.
A meeting of the State Commission was held, which approved the primary and the backup crews for Soyuz TMA-9 and ISS-14, and also made a decision to proceed with preparations of the space-rocket system Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-9 for fuelling and launch at the scheduled time – on September 18, 2006, at 08 hours 08 minutes Moscow Time.
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The primary crew: spacecraft commander, ISS-14 flight engineer – pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, test cosmonaut of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia Mikhail Vladislavovich Turin; spacecraft flight engineer, ISS-14 commander – NASA astronaut Michael Eladio Lopez-Alegria; a space flight participant  - Anousheh Ansari.

The backup crew: spacecraft commander, ISS-14 flight engineer – pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, cosmonaut of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko; spacecraft flight engineer, ISS-14 commander – NASA astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson.

A live coverage of the rocket blast-off is planned.

 
 
 

09/16/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
"Ñîþç ÒÌÀ-9"At 5 hours 00 minutes Moscow Time space-rocket system Soyuz was rolled out from the Integration and Checkout Facility to the launch pad. Launch vehicle Soyuz-FG carrying Soyuz TMA-9 transportation spacecraft is erected on the launch pad. The work under the program of the first launch day has commenced.
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The launch of the integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-FG carrying Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for September 18, 2006 at 08:08 a.m. Moscow time.

 
 
 
09/15/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
In the LV Integration and Checkout Facility, the basic integration of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the upper composite has been completed.
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A Technical management meeting was held, chaired by President and Designer General of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia N.N.Sevastiyanov and the State Commission. It was decided to proceed with the roll-out to the launch pad of the launch vehicle carrying transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-9.

 
 
 
09/14/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-9Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft was transported from the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility to the Launch Vehicle Assembly and Testing Facility for integration.

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09/13/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
ISS-14 crewThe Soyuz TMA-9 prime and backup crews inspected the transport spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Assembly and Testing Facility. Additionally the crews had a consultation on the kits of equipment that are to be delivered to and returned from orbit on-board Soyuz TMA spacecraft.
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09/11/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft was completed. Payload shroud roll on to the spacecraft was performed.
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09/10/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft was docked with the transfer compartment in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
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09/08/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
426x640 (78255 bytes)Preparation of the Soyuz TMA-9 manned spacecraft for launch to the International Space Station is in good progress. Transport vehicle Soyuz TMA-9 loaded with propellants and compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
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09/07/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Fueling of the Soyuz TMA-9 transport spacecraft with propellants and compressed gases is under way.

 
 
 
09/06/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Today, a Technical Management meeting has been held to address the fuelling of Soyuz TMA-9. The meeting has resulted in the decision to send the spacecraft to the filling station. The filling of the spacecraft with propellant components and compressed gases is scheduled for September 7, 2006.

 
 
 
09/04/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime and backup crews of the 14th long-duration expedition and 11th visiting crew of the ISS proceeded to the final training phase at the processing facility. Mikhail Tyurin, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Anoushek Ansari performed a fit check of Sokol-KB spacesuits. The cosmonauts and astronauts inspected Soyuz TMA-9 space vehicle, accomplished a fit check of the individual seat liners, became familiar with the flight data files and the list of cargo to be delivered, verified functionality of the radio communication equipment, as well as had a lesson on the scientific experiments.
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09/02/2006

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Meeting crewThe prime crew (M.V. Tyurin (Russia), M. Lopez-Alegria (USA), A Ansari (USA)) and the backup crew (Y.I. Malenchenko (Russia) and P. Whitson (USA) of Soyuz TMA-9 transport vehicle arrived to Baikonur cosmodrome. At the airport they were met by N.N. Sevastyanov, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia President, General Designer and other Corporation managers.
The crew commanders reported to Nikolai Sevastyanov about their readiness for preflight trainings. From September 4 through September 18 the cosmonauts and astronauts will have to accomplish trainings and accept Soyuz TMA-9 space vehicle.
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