“Nauka” module testing continues at Baikonur cosmodrome
January 19, 2021
In accordance with the prelaunch processing schedule, manufacturer's checkout testing of Nauka module continues at the processing facility of Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site. Its launch towards the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS) on the launch vehicle Proton-M is scheduled for 2021.
Progress MS-16 and Soyuz MS-18 prelaunch processing
January 19, 2021
At Baikonur cosmodrome prelaunch processing operations began on cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 intended for delivering onboard the ISS the crew of Expedition 65.
The Chief Designer
January 12, 2021
January 12 marks the 114th anniversary of Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the first Chief Designer of rocket and space hardware, the founder and the first head of OKB-1 (now RSC Energia).
60th anniversary of the flight of Mushka and Pchyolka
December 1, 2020
On December 1, 1960 a Vostok launch vehicle was launched form the Baikonur cosmodrome carrying the third ‘satellite-spaceship’ 1K, which was one more prototype of the future manned spacecraft Vostok. The spacecraft carrying onboard the dogs Mushka and Pchelka fully completed the program of flight design tests, but had to be destroyed during re-entry because of an off-nominal situation.
On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of Vladislav Volkov
November 25, 2020
November 23 marks the 85th anniversary of pilot cosmonaut of the USSR Vladislav Nikolaevich Volkov. His working career started at OKB-1 (now known as RSC Energia), where he resolved to dedicate his life to space exploration.
Roscosmos cosmonauts completed their work in open space and returned to the ISS
November 19, 2020
The egress hatch on the docking compartment of the Poisk module is successfully closed, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov have completed the 47th planned spacewalk (EVA-47). They performed a number of activities to install equipment on the outer surface of the ISS. The egress hatch on the Poisk docking compartment was closed at 01:01:00 Moscow Time on November 19, 2020. The duration of the extravehiclular activity was 6 hours and 47 minutes.
55th anniversary of the launch of Venera-3 interplanetary probe
November 16, 2020
On November 16, 1965, a four-stage launch vehicle Molniya-M lifted off from Baikonur launch site carrying an interplanetary probe Venera-3 towards Venus. Venera-3 became the world’s first man-made object to reach the surface of another planet.
ISS orbit raised by 1.1 km
November 13, 2020
Venera-2 and Venera-3 probes were the last vehicles to fly in the 3MV series of standardized spacecraft developed in 1962-1964 at OKB-1 (now known as S.P.Korolev RSC Energia) for deep space exploration.
On November 12, 2020, in accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station, a scheduled correction of its orbit was performed. To this end, the thrusters of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-14, which is attached to the propulsion section of the Zvezda module, were automatically fired at 22:50 Moscow Time.
“Nauka” module testing continues
November 3, 2020
At the testing facilities of the Baikonur launch site, specialists from affiliates of the State Corporation Roscosmos continue testing the new Nauka module for the International Space Station. Currently, out of the 754 checks that the module is supposed to pass prior to launch, 306 have been completed as per the daily schedule of factory checkout tests.