Try as they might, the Russian space program is having a hard time sustaining a positive news cycle. For every small step forward, it seems they take one giant leap back. Budget cuts, program delays, and regular launch failures dog Russia’s space industry at every turn — making small victories and promises of glories still to come harder and harder to swallow.
The 10 companies and six individuals targeted by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control are alleged to have conducted business with North Korea in violation of United Nations’ sanctions aimed at preventing Pyongyang from funding its weapons programs.
In the days that followed Monday’s report in The New York Times that North Korea may have illicitly procured advanced Soviet-era rocket engines from Ukraine, the response out of the post-Soviet nation could best be described as trolling.
With the end of the International Space Station program looming just over the horizon, the national space agencies that back the project are scrambling to make plans for what comes next. Nowhere is this discussion more fraught than in Russia, where the issue of post-ISS efforts are wrapped up in questions about Russia’s entire future in space.
Mikhail Kalinin, who was chief executive of Main Military Construction Office No. 9 until a year ago, was arrested after being charged with accepting a bribe from a subcontractor for work building the launch site in Russia's Far East.
Energia announced last September it was selling Sea Launch to the S7 Group, a Russian company whose holdings include an airline.
Glavkosmos Director General Denis Lyskov said at the Paris Air Show Tuesday that future missions could fly two tourists and one professional cosmonaut, possibly visiting the ISS.
Russia’s Proton rocket returned to service June 7, almost one year to the date from vehicle’s last flight, delivering a U.S. telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.
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.