Let the Games Begin

Michael D. Griffin – former NASA administrator from 2005 to 2009

When presidential candidate Barack Obama first mentioned his stance on space policy, he spoke of the NASA budget as a perfect offset for additional education spending. Later, when he realized that he had to win Florida, he changed his tune. But it came […]

Gas generator failure blamed for Progress transport ship accident

MOSCOW, August 29 (Itar-Tass) —— The Progress M-12M transport ship accident on August 24 was caused by a malfunction in the gas generator in the Soyuz carrier rocket’s third stage engine, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov told Itar-Tass on Monday, August 29.

“Members of the emergency commission have determined the cause of the […]

RSC Energia Turns 65

Dear employees of the company, our dear veterans, We heartily congratulate you on the 65th anniversary of the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia!

Our company, founded by an outstanding engineer, scientist, manager, the farther of space flight academician Sergei Pavlovich Korolev has a glorious history and lasting traditions, and has always […]

The work of the emergency committee to launch THC “Progress M-12M”

:: 08/29/2011    Russian Space Agency and the leadership of enterprises aerospace industry deals with the transfer at a later date landing of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-21” from September 8, 2011 and start of manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-22”, scheduled earlier on September 22, as well as continuation of service the International Space Station (ISS).

Progress space freighter destroyed in atmosphere – source / RIA Novosti commentator Alina Chernoivanova

14:17 29/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti)

Large pieces of the Progress M-12M space freighter have not been discovered because the ship most likely burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere or the third stage of the Soyuz-U carrier rocket exploded, a source in the space industry said on Monday.

“Large pieces of the space freighter have not […]

Briz-M upper-stage fault behind Proton-M launch failure

14:30 30/08/2011 MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

A malfunction of the Briz-M upper-stage rocket reportedly caused the failure of a Proton-M rocket launch two weeks ago, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

On August 18, a Russian Proton-M rocket lost the prized Express-AM4 satellite that was designed to provide digital television and secure government communications for […]

Accumulation of Russian Space Failures

by Charles P. Vick, Global Security. Org

The difference between the Progress/Soyuz-U verses the Soyuz-FG for Soyuz-TMA is difference mods but it appears to be the basic same system except the Progress/Soyuz-U booster uses the much older 11D55 known as the RD-0110 engine on the third stage as does the Soyuz-FG that uses the same […]