Roscosmos restructure: Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos is to be turned into a state corporation by the second half of 2015 as part of a drastic reform of the country’s ailing space industry, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced last week. The new entity (more…)
Putin visit to China: The possibility of closer cooperation between Russia and China in the space as well as the energy sector is likely to be high on the agenda when President Putin visits Beijing next week, the Russian Ambassador to Beijing Andrey Denisov predicted yesterday. The two countries were already (more…)ITAR-TASS Read More»
Vostochny satellite: Russia has lost contact with one of three satellites launched from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome last week, TASS announced yesterday. “We have been unable to establish a connection with the spacecraft since its launch,” a source within the space industry told the state-run news agency. “Most likely, (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»
Breakthrough Starshot: Russian billionaire internet investor Yury Milner has joined forces with the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg to launch a revolutionary $100m project to construct a robot research spacecraft capable of covering a distance of 4.37 light years – the distance between Earth and our closest star system (more…)rbth Read More»
Chinese space lab: The authorities in Beijing this week disclosed further details of a plans to launch the Tiangong-2 space lab in the third quarter of the year. Once in orbit, two astronauts will be carried up to the new lab by the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft and will then stay there for 30 days, doubling (more…)english Read More»
Azerspace-2: A group of employees from Azercosmos is visiting the US-based satellite communications company Loral Space & Communications this month as Azerbaijan starts work on its new telecommunication satellite, Azercosmos Satellite Engineering and Operations Manager Dunay Badirkhanov disclosed this week.
The Azerspace-2 geostationary satellite will (more…)
Azeri satellites: Draft amendments to the country’s tax code have been put forward to Parliament as part of the government’s attempts to diversify Azerbaijan’s economy away from oil and gas and to turn it into a serious competitor in the global telecommunications market.
Azerbaijan launched its first Azersat-1 satellite from the Guiana Space Center in 2013, and earlier this month announced that it had selected an unnamed partner to build a second one.
Work at Russia’s new $3bn Far Eastern Vostochny Cosmodrome has ground to a halt after a critical piece of infrastructure was discovered to have been built to the wrong dimensions and is too small to accommodate the latest version of the country’s Soyuz rocket, it was being reported last week.
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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu yesterday announced the creation of Aerospace Forces, a new branch of Russia’s armed forces that brings the air force and the recently created Aerospace Defense Forces under one unified command. The merger has been prompted by a (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»
$126 million has been stolen by contractors and officials working on the construction of the flagship $3bn Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika announced yesterday after investigators completed a massive investigation into corruption and mismanagement at the site. The cosmodrome (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»
Russia’s new Angara 1.2 space rocket will make its commercial debut in 2017, according to International Launch Services (ILS), the Virginia-based subsidiary of Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center responsible for international sales. ILS was also (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»
Two venture capital firms have teamed to invest $60m Russia’s largest space technology investment fund, it was revealed this week. The fund, owned jointly by the state-owned Russian Venture Company (RVC) and the independent investment company Finematika, will focus on start-ups specialising in components and materials for use in spacecraft production. “The fund is directed at (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»