Tests of Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft in the vacuum chamber are completed
June 30, 2020
Specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhnyi completed leak tests of the Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft in the vacuum chamber of the integration and test facility at Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site.
Contract between RSC Energia and Space Adventures
June 25, 2020
The pneumatic vacuum test cycle of large-size space hardware using a helium-air medium in test volumes is the most objective method of monitoring the stringent requirements for pressurization integrity of spacecraft compartments and onboard systems under ground conditions.
RSC Energia and Space Adventures Inc. (USA) have signed a contract to fly in 2023 a short mission with two spaceflight participants onboard a Soyuz MS spacecraft to the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS).
Progress MS-15 has passed tests in the anechoic chamber
June 23, 2020
It is planned that in the course of the mission one of the spaceflight participants will go on a spacewalk from the ISS Russian Segment together with a professional Russian cosmonaut.
Stand-alone tests of the onboard radio systems of the Progress MS-15 cargo transportation spacecraft in the anechoic chamber of the integration and test facility (ITF) at Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site are completed.
Interview with Igor Khamits
June 23, 2020
The anechoic chamber is a special-purpose room covered with radar absorbing material to simulate space environment. During the day, specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhny performed operations on functionality check of the radio equipment of the Kurs-NA system, which ensures rendezvous and docking of Progress MS-15 with the International Space Station (ISS). After testing the spacecraft was installed in the ITF dynamic stand for further prelaunch processing.
Since 2009 Russian has been developing a new spacecraft the main objective of which will be to deliver Russian cosmonauts to the Moon. The first unmanned mission of Orel, that’s how the spacecraft was christened, is scheduled for 2023. In 2025 it is supposed to lift-off carrying people onboard for the first time, and in 2029, as reported earlier, to take first cosmonauts to circumlunar orbit.
I. Khamits appointed Chief Designer for development of Orel spacecraft
Not much time remains before the missions will start. The current status of the spacecraft development, how long its flight tests will last, is there any place in it for composite materials, and the fact that Orel will never sink in water, were the subjects covered in the interview which was given to the Russian information Agency Novosti by the chief designer for the development of the new-generation crew transportation spacecraft Igor Khamits.
Acting director general of S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (which is a part of State Corporation ROSCOSMOS) Igor Ozar has appointed Igor Khamits the Chief Designer for the development of the new-generation crew transportation spacecraft.
Preflight Processing of Progress MS-15 began
June 10, 2020
Igor Khamits was born in 1964. In 1988, upon graduation from Sergo Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation Institute, he took a job with RSC Energia. Since 2007, he has been in charge of the Design Center for Space Manned and Transportation Systems.
Today prelaunch processing of cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-15 began at the Baikonur Launch Site under the International Space Station resupply program.
RSC Energia tests rappelling device for Orel CTS
June 5, 2020
In the integration and test facility of Area 254 of the Baikonur Launch Site RSC Energia specialists performed the spacecraft activation, prepared for electrical tests, checked and inspected the solar arrays, as well as checked the spacecraft pyro circuits and recorded the initial status of the systems.
Engineers-testers of the spaceflight center of RSC Energia (a part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) have tested a new rappelling device for the advanced Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) Orel. Training sessions took place in the V.D.Vachnadze Center for Technology Development and Personnel Training of the RSC Eneriga Experimental Machine-building Plant which has a mockup of CTS.
RSC Energia and Baikonur Cosmodrome - 65 years together!
June 2, 2020
Over a distance of 65 years the fate and fortunes of RSC Energia (formerly OKB-1, TsKBEM, NPO Energia) developers and manufacturers of space technology and civilian and military specialists of the Baikonur Cosmodrome have been inextricably twined together. The year of 1955 was a starting point of interaction, when according to OKB-1 initial requirements the construction of the research test site (Baikonur Cosmodrome) began in the location of desolate sands and harsh climate.
25 years from the launch of the Spektr module
May 20, 2020
On May 20, 1995 the Proton-K launch vehicle carrying the Spektr research module was launched from the Baikonur Launch Site under the assembly program for the world's first multi-module manned orbital complex Mir.
Dmitri Rogozing introduced Igor Ozar to the staff of RSC Energia
May 18, 2020
On June 1, 1995 after a 12-day free flight the module automatically approached the axial docking port of the core module of the Mir orbital complex. Then Spektr using a remotely-controlled manipulator was relocated to the lateral port of the core module and became part of the orbital complex. In this period the international crew of the 18th main expedition consisting of cosmonauts V.N.Dezhurov, G.M.Strekalov and NASA astronaut N.Tagard worked aboard at the station.
On May 18, 2020 the General Director of Roscosmos Dmitri Rogozin introduced to the staff of S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia the new acting director general of the company Igor Ozar. The decision to appoint him to this position was made by the Board of Directors of RSC Energia on May 15.This appointment will be finalized by the Supervisory Board of the State Corporation Roscosmos at its next meeting at the end of this month.