Currently, the station is in direct contact with Russia only when passing over Russian ground stations, relying on NASA the rest of the time.
Gazprom Space Systems, the smaller of Russia’s two domestic satellite telecommunications operators, would have had a stellar year were it not for the ruble’s free fall.
The Multi-Purpose Laboratory Module, also known as Nauka, was originally set to be added to the ISS in 2007.
The Progress MS-04 spacecraft was lost during a Dec. 1 launch to the International Space Station.
Friday's briefing starts with Russian officials saying they will decide Monday whether to delay the next Soyuz flight to the ISS.
Thursday's briefing begins with a Russian report that the next Soyuz launch to the ISS has been delayed to July 7 due to concerns about the crewed capsule's control system.
Wednesday's briefing begins with a report from Moscow that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin says his comments regarding the nation's space industry lagging behind the U.S. were misconstrued.
Human spaceflight programs across the world are gaining momentum as concurrent geopolitical developments have regenerated an atmosphere of strategic competition. The United States and Russia, vying for influence across Europe and the Middle East, are once again brandishing their space credentials as part of this campaign.
Thanks to publicly available orbital tracking data, coupled with the candor of commercial satellite operator Intelsat, the world now has a fresh and alarming example of Russia's irresponsible satellite behavior.
A mysterious Russian satellite that squeezed next to two Intelsat satellites and alarmed company executives has an “extremely small” chance of a collision, a Russian space expert told state media.
A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials.
The satellite is owned by the Russian Satellite Communications Co. of Moscow, which has suffered from Proton’s error-prone record in the past six years more than any other company.
For almost a decade and a half, through various foreign policy rough spots — even during the Cold War — the United States and Russia have cooperated in space. However, recent developments point to a growing, self-inflicted conundrum. Fortunately, Congress has a few months to stop this issue from severely affecting U.S. security interests in — and protected by — space.
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
A Russian military satellite launched in March has made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit.