Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA, Russian Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin were greeted in a traditional ceremony at the airport in Kustanai, Kazakhstan on April 27, 2012, hours after landing in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan. After the ceremony, the crew split up, with Shkaplerov […]

Success – Soyuz-2-1A Rocket Launch

A Soyuz 2-1A Rocket Launched on December 28 at 21.09 Moscow time from Launch Complex 31 area at the Baikonur Cosmodrome,

From ROSCOSMOS (translated) – starting businesses calculations of rocket-space industry in Russia is made ​​of space rocket launch (RKN) “Soyuz-2.1a” with the upper block (RB) “Frigate”, designed for launching into orbit of the […]

Russian Space Agency to report on recent failures on Thursday

MOSCOW, December 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wants to hear a report from the Russian Space Agency on the causes of recent failure on Thursday, December 29.

“On Thursday, I expect a report from top officials from the Russian Space Agency on recent failures,” he said in his Twitter […]

Russian communication satellite crashes shortly after launch

Soyuz-2 carrier rocket © Photo Alexander Morgunov


18:30 23/12/2011

MOSCOW, December 23 (RIA Novosti)

A Meridian satellite that on Friday was launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on board a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket crashed near the Siberian city of Tobolskminutes after liftoff , a Defense Ministry source said.

“Early information suggests that the […]

Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines’ production

Roscosmos to enhance control of Soyuz rocket engines' production. © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti)

A special commission investigating the causes of the August 24 failed launch  of Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket has recommended enhancing the control of the  production of engines for Soyuz rockets, Russian space agency Roscosmos  said.


Russian space agency determines Soyuz crash cause

Rocket was reportedly felled by manufacturing flaw; engines to be checked

updated     9/8/2011 7:47:01 PM ET2011-09-08T23:47:01

MOSCOW — The crash of an unmanned Russian supply ship bound for the International Space Station last month was caused by a manufacturing flaw, the country’s space agency said Thursday.

The flaw led to the failure of a gas […]

Russia to prevent unsuccessful spacecraft launches

Those responsible for the unsuccessful launches of the Express AM-4 satellite and the Progress cargo spaceship will be fired, deputy head of the RosCosmos, the Russian Space Agency, Vitaly Davydov has declared.

Photo: EPA

He said that so as to avoid accidents in the future, space launches will be controlled by special expert groups.


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 […]

Aerospace foundations tremble after Progress crash

Aerospace industries around the world are going through a shake-up after last week’s loss of the Russian cargo vessel Progress.

The resupplying of the International Space Station (or ISS) is on hold after the Soyuz rocket carrying Progress somehow sent it on a crash course into western Siberia.

The Russian space agency Roskosmos decided to […]

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 […]