60th anniversary of the launch of Satellite-Spaceship Four
March 9, 2021
On March 9, 1961, a three-stage launch vehicle was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, carrying the first flight model of ‘satellite-spaceship’ 3KA Vostok designed for manned missions into space. The spacecraft with the dog called Chernushka onboard has fully accomplished the mission of flight development testing and opened the door to manned exploration of low-Earth orbit.
March 2, 2021
March 1 saw the 109th anniversary of an outstanding scientist, one of the founders of the theory and practice of the missiles control systems development, a father of a school of science, academician of the Russian academy of sciences, doctor of engineering science, professor Boris Yevseevich Chertok. He ranks equally with other pioneers of space: academicians S.P. Korolev, V.P. Glushko, V.P. Mishin, B.V. Raushenbakh and others. He made a significant contribution to the development of our company and the entire space industry.
55th anniversary of the launch of biological research satellite Kosmos-110
February 22, 2021
On February 22, 1966, a Voskhod launch vehicle was launched from Baikonur launch site carrying an unmanned scientific research spacecraft Kosmos-110 under a development program for advanced life support technologies of future manned missions.
As a result of the 22-day test mission, the dogs Veterok and Ugolek set a world flight endurance record for living things in space.
Acoustic tests on Luna-25
February 20, 2021
RSC Energia has conducted acoustic tests on the descent vehicle of the unmanned interplanetary spacecraft Luna-25 that is being built under the Luna-Glob project aimed at studying and putting to practical use the natural satellite of Earth and the circumlunar space. The tests were conducted under a contract with the Lavochkin NPO, the developer of the spacecraft (SC).
35 years of the MIR Station
February 20, 2021
On February 20, 1986, the Proton-K launch vehicle carrying a core module of the Mir manned orbital research station was launched from the Baikonur launch site. This launch marked the beginning of construction and long-term operation in near-earth space of the world's first permanently inhabited multi-module on-orbit complex (OC), presenting the third generation of domestic permanent on-orbit stations (POS).
Progress MS-16 spacecraft attached to the ISS
February 17, 2021
In accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station, the docking of Progress MS-16, which had been launched from Baikonur on February 15, was completed on February 17, 2021 at 09:26:47 Moscow Time. The docking operations were conducted by the ISS crew under the direction of specialists of the Lead Operations Control Team.
Progress MS-16 is on the road to the ISS
February 15, 2021
Today, on February 15, 2021 at 07:45:05 Moscow time launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1à carrying the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 was successfully launched from Launch Pad No.6 of Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site under the International Space Station flight program. According to the telemetry information in 8 minutes 48 seconds a nominal separation of the spacecraft from the launcher upper stage was recorded, the solar arrays and antennas are deployed.
Rocket with cargo spacecraft Progress MS-16 is installed on the launch pad
February 12, 2021
Today integrated launch vehicle (ILV) Soyuz-2.1à with cargo transportation spacecraft Progress ÌS-16 was rolled out from the integration and test facility of the launch vehicle and erected on the launch pad of Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.
60 years of the Launch of Interplanetary Station Venera-1
February 12, 2021
According to L-2 day program the launch teams began to perform processing operations on preflight testing of ILV systems and assemblies with the interface check of the onboard and ground equipment of the rocket and space complex.
On February 12, 1961 a four-stage launch vehicle Molniya lifted off from the Baikonur Launch Site carrying an automatic interplanetary station (ÀIS) Venera-1. It became the world’s first man-made object launched from the Earth to reach another planet of the solar system.
Final assembly of launch vehicle with Progress MS-16
February 11, 2021
At the Baikonur Launch Site, the prelaunch processing of cargo transportation vehicle Progress MS-16 developed and built by RSC Energia under the program of the 77th resupply mission to the International Space Station is being completed.
Progress MS-16 sent to final assembly with the launch vehicle
February 10, 2021
At Baikonur Launch Site, drawing to a close is the processing of cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Progress MS-16 designers’ inspection and encapsulation into payload fairing are complete
February 9, 2021
Today Progress MS-16 integrated into the ascent unit was prepared for transportation to the final assembly with the launch vehicle. Specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos turned the spacecraft into a horizontal position, loaded it into a special railway car and transported to Area 31 integration and test facility.
The final processing operations with cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th re-supply mission to the International Space Station continue at the Baikonur Launch Site.
Progress MS-15 has completed its mission
February 9, 2021
Today, specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos have conducted the designers’ inspection of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 at the integration and test facility and performed processing operations to encapsulate it into the payload fairing.
Today, on February 9, 2021 at 08:21:30 Moscow time cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-15 undocked from the Pirs module of the International Space Station. After departing at a safe distance from the station specialists of the Lead Operational Control Team of the ISS Russian Segment started a controllable de-orbiting of the spacecraft.
Progress MS-15 set out on a free-flight mission
February 9, 2021
On-orbit mission of cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-15, which duration was 201 days, is proceeding to completion. According to the Russian Flight Program of the International Space Station on February 9, 2021 at 08:21:30 Moscow time Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft nominally undocked from the Pirs module of the International Space Station.
February 8, 2021
On February 7 Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov would have been 95. A lead systems engineer of the first manned spacecraft Vostok, developer of Voskhod and Soyuz spacecraft and Salyut and Mir orbital stations, deputy general designer of NPO Energia and the world’s first engineer to travel in space, who was selected for that mission by S.P.Korolev himself. He was one of the most striking, outstanding and amazing personalities in the history of spaceflight. “The quickest wit I ever met”, as B.Y. Chertok once said.
Progress ÌS-16 mated to the adapter section
February 7, 2021
The processing of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th re-supply mission to the International Space Station continues at the Baikonur Launch Site.
Soyuz MS-18 passed tests in the anechoic chamber
February 5, 2021
Today specialists from RSC Energia and core companies of Roscosmos completed a sequence of operations to mate cargo transportation spacecraft (CTS) Progress MS-16 to the adapter section of the third stage of the launch vehicle (LV) at the integration and test facility.
At the Baikonur Launch Site the preflight processing of Soyuz MS-18 manned transportation spacecraft is in good progress. Today as per the preflight schedule a cycle of stand-alone tests of the spacecraft has been performed in the anechoic chamber (AC) of the integration and test facility at Area 254.
Filling and Loading of Progress MS-16 Transportation Spacecraft Complete
February 4, 2021
At Baikonur Launch Site RSC Energia specialists continue a scheduled processing of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft is admitted to fueling
February 1, 2021
Upon completion of the filling operations the spacecraft was installed into the dynamic test bench of Area 254 integration and test facility for performance of the final phases of pre-launch processing and stowing of fresh products and onboard data files into the cargo compartment.
The Technical Management meeting was held at the Baikonur Launch Site at which a decision was taken to admit Progress MS-16 cargo transportation spacecraft to fueling of the combined propulsion system and the cargo spacecraft refueling system.
Before being transported to the filling station, the spacecraft was subject to check weighing and balancing at the integration and test facility of Area 254.