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.
Russian leaders are hoping to sell rocket engines to China as part of an wide-reaching effort that includes increased cooperation on space matters between the two countries, according to Russia’s state-run media.
An ongoing investigation into a failed Progress mission to the International Space Station will postpone both the return of three people currently on the station and the launch of their replacements, NASA announced May 12.
A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft suffered technical problems immediately after its launch early April 28, delaying its docking with the International Space Station and raising new concerns about the station’s resupply capabilities.
Russia’s space industry reported a 13 percent decline in export revenue in 2014 but is otherwise midway through a broad restructuring designed to improve quality control, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said April 16 that Russia would develop its own space station by 2023, raising questions about its future role on the International Space Station just weeks after other officials said Russia would remain committed to it through 2024.