Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin at the Kremlin Feb. 4. Credit: Kremlin.ru
Russia has labored for years to bring its new Vostochny Cosmodrome online. In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, a key milestone was passed with the rollout of the spaceport's first semi-commercial launch. The launch went off perfectly Dec. 27, but many questions about the future of the launch facility — intended to replace the Baikonur Cosmodrome — linger amid economic turmoil and shifting priorities for the Russian space program. Credit: Matthew Bodner for SpaceNews
China ASAT test debris
A Soyuz 2.1A rocket lifts off Dec. 27 from Vostochny Cosmodrome carrying a pair Kanopus-V 5 remote sensing satellites and a secondary payload of 26 smallsats arranged by GK Launch Services. Credit: GK Launch Services
For the Chinese military, space is not about space at all. It is about information — how to ensure the [People’s Liberation Army] gets it, as well as how to ensure that an adversary does not. Credit: Kremlin.Ru photo
The ISS crew traced the leak to a small hole in the orbital module, the top section of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. Credit: NASA via Flickr
Proton Medium Globe
Outside ViaSat Inc.'s Carlsbad, California headquarters. Credit: ViaSat video grab
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin (right) tour the VDNKh exhibition center in Moscow in April. Credit: Kremlin.ru
In this European Space Agency illustration, a satellite breaks up, adding to the growing population of orbital debris. Debris-clearing spacecraft the U.S., China and others have in the works could double as anti-satellite weapons. Credit: ESA
Angosat-1 Zenit
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. Credit:  SpaceNews photo illustration/KREMLIN.RU
Dmitry Rogozin oversaw deputy prime minister of Russia who oversees the country’s space sector, listens to construction workers during a July 2 visit to Vostochny Cosmodrome. Credit: The Military-Industrial Commission of Russia
Proton Roscosmos EchoStar 2012
Sea Launch Eutelsat-3B Zenit

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