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Russia Positions Its Moon Programme As Alternative To U.S. Lunar-Orbit Gateway Station

Russia is preparing a national concept for Moon exploration by March 2019, according to the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. This news comes after the U.S. national space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA), put forward its Lunar Gateway project which will see the agency construct a gateway …

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Russian Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Claims Kremlin Made Seventh Test Of Nudol ASAT Missile

Anonymous U.S. intelligence officials have told American news outlet CNBC that Russia tested its PL-19 Nudol anti-satellite (ASAT) direct-ascent missile on 23 December 2018, making it the seventh test of the system if the U.S. claims are true. The PL-19 Nudol flew for a total of 17 minutes over a distance of nearly 3,000 …

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Arctic Space Race: Russia Plans To Launch Arktika Weather Satellite Constellation

Arktika-M, the first Russian weather forecasting satellite for monitoring climate and the environment in the Arctic region is planned to be launched into a Molniya orbit in June 2019, according to Russian space industry officials who spoke to Sputnik, a Russian news outlet. “The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle …

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Russia Announces Sovereign’s Eye Remote Sensing Constellation

Roscosmos head, Dmitry Rogozin has announced that Russia will construct Sovereign’s Eye (‘Gosudarevo Oko’), a new constellation of remote sensing satellites that will enable them to identify any changes that are happening on Earth. Rogozin highlighted that the new initiative will enable Russian to strengthen its Digital Economy programme, which …

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Russia Sets Out Yenisei Super-Heavy Launch Vehicle Timetable And Budget

The head of the Russian Roscosmos state space corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, has approved the timetable and budget for the development of Russia’s super-heavy launch vehicle called Yenisei. It is expected that Yenisei will be developed and operational by 2028 at an overall cost of U.S.$15 billion (approximately 1 trillion rubles). …

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Russian Soyuz 2-1A Successfully Lofts Multiple Satellites From Vostochny Cosmodrome

The last Russian satellite launch of 2018 took place on 27 December 2018 when a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, lofting two Kanopus-V remote sensing satellites and twenty-six secondary payloads into orbit with the aid of a Fregat upper stage. The Soyuz 2-1A launched at …

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Russia To Decommission Rokot SLV And Make Only One Launch From Vostochny in 2019

The last two launches of the Rokot satellite launch vehicle fitted with a Ukrainian-made control system will be carried out in 2019, after which the vehicle will be decommissioned, a source in the Russian space industry told Russian news outlet Sputnik on 18 December 2018. “In 2019, it is planned to …

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Singapore’s Astroscale Meets With GK Launch Services To Discuss ELSA-d Launch

GK Launch Services, a subsidiary of Glavkosmos, Lavochkin Association, and Astroscale Japan Inc. held a kick-off meeting in Moscow on 12 December 2018 under the agreement on launch services for the Astroscale End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite. ELSA-d will be orbited within a Soyuz-2 cluster mission that is scheduled …

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Uzbekistan And India To Cooperate On Satellite Communications And Space Research

The Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the agreement on cooperation in space research for peaceful purposes with Uzbekistan, according to a Trend News Agency report citing local Uzbek media. The agreement was signed between the two countries on 1 October 2018 during the first …

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Azerbaijan Mulling New Earth Observation Satellite; Georgia Discusses Access To AzerSky-1

Azerbaijan’s state space corporation, Azercosmos, will examine the economic and commercial feasibility of building additional Earth observation satellites in its approved 2019-2022 state programme for remote sensing, according to a report by the Trend News Agency. Azercosmos already operates the Airbus-built AzerSky-1 Earth observation satellite, and through Airbus Defence and …

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