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Old 03-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #106
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Russia orders rare delay for next Soyuz crew launch

The launch of the next three-man crew to the International Space Station will be delayed from March 29 after Russian engineers discovered a glitch in the Soyuz capsule's communications system



According to a statement posted the Russian Federal Space Agency's website, technicians found an "incompliance" in the Kvant-V communications system on the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft due to launch March 29.

The issue was discovered during testing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the statement said.

Officials are ordering a rare Soyuz launch delay to give engineers time to run more analysis on the problem, according to the the Russian space agency.

A NASA spokesperson said Russia has not selected a new launch date for the flight, which will dispatch three fliers to join the International Space Station's Expedition 27 crew.

"The actual launch date has been delayed until they can conduct a further investigation into the issue that occurred during some communications systems electrical testing with that Soyuz spacecraft," said Kyle Herring, a NASA spokesman.



Engineers blamed the testing glitch on a condenser in the Kvant-V system, a two-way radio communications system on the Soyuz.

The Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft will carry U.S. astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev to the International Space Station, where they are scheduled to live and work for more than five months.

Borisenko will take over command of the space station in May.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly handed over command of the outpost to cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratyev Monday. Kelly and Russian flight engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka plan to board their Soyuz descent capsule and return to Earth early Wednesday.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:56 AM   #107
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http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=11546

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Roscosmos Board to Approve Soyuz TMA-21 Launch Date
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Decision about launch date of the Soyuz TMA-21 space vehicle carrying members of a new crew to the International Space Station is to be made by the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos at a Board Meeting set for Friday, tentatively slated to start at 4 p.m. MSK, pending the data to be submitted by the General Designers Review led by RSC-Energia president Vitaly Lopota about recovery of the glitch detected during Soyuz processing at Baikonur earlier.

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It's expected to be set on April, 5th.
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:52 PM   #108
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Roscosmos PAO: "For News Media".

On March 18, Roscosmos Board held a meeting to discuss Soyuz TMA-21 flight readiness.
The meeting was preceded by the General Designers Review held at RSC-Energia.
It was decided to go on Soyuz TMA-21 prelaunch processing for the launch slated for April 5, at 2:18 a.m. MSK.
The working group established by Roscosmos following the decision by the previous Board meeting found out about the cause of the glitch in Kvant-V device of Soyuz TMA-M.
According to the conclusion of the manufacturer, the glitch was caused by a single production defect which did not affect the batch.
Kvant-V was replaced. The manufacturer initiated QA recertification.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:45 PM   #109
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A large interview by the Director of Space Studies Institute of the Russian Academy of sciences on Fobos-Grunt and other exploration topics (in Russian):
http://www.roscosmos.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=16137&lang=ru

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Old 04-04-2011, 05:38 PM   #110
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SPACE.com: Russia Weighs Glitches With Digital Soyuz Spaceship
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:30 PM   #111
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Sad news, folks - it seems that our friend Mr. Perminov will be stepping down as Head of Roscosmos, due to the fact that he has reached the age of 65, and after a string of problems and launch delays have angered top officials.

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Old 04-06-2011, 03:58 PM   #112
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:03 PM   #113
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Why are you sorry about Perminov, folks?
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 Why are you sorry about Perminov, folks?
Because he is like the Grandfather of the Russian Space Program.
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:50 PM   #115
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 Because he is like the Grandfather of the Russian Space Program.
Hmm... Never thought that his image might have a positive side. To me, he is more like an old watchguard near a locked warehouse, which he sometimes takes some goods from, just for personal use. He is often drunk or sleeping, and he wasn't the one who built the warehouse or watched it over during a season that saw a real business happening. Probably, his replacement was really called for. I can just hope that the new man in his chair would do better.
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:04 PM   #116
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I've always seen Perminov as a visionary. He is always quoted as saying that Russia will be on Mars in 2030, or that Russia will build a space station for tourists, or that Russia will build a new manned spacecraft by 2015, etc.

However, I will say this - I've never actually seen any of his words materialise into hardware. Apparently, I'm not alone in this observation.
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:20 PM   #117
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http://top.rbc.ru/society/07/04/2011/572144.shtml

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Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed a board on development of Russian space industry this Thursday:

"In 2013 we must begin flight testing of light and heavy class Angara rockets at Plesetsk cosmodrome. Also, we shall develop Rus-M carrier rocket whose flight tests should begin in 2015, and as early as in 2018 it shall be launched in manned configuration. This launch will be done from the new national cosmodrome Vostochny", said Putin.

He stressed that in 2011 Russia begins full scaled construction works at Vostochny site in Amur territory, and by 2016 all the engineering and accomodational infrastructure should be ready, as well as the first launch complex. "In 2016-2018 we plan to produce new cargo spaceships, and from that point on, this cosmodrome will take burden of most spacecraft launches benefitting various branches of our economy and international cooperation", said the Prime Minister.

V. Putin also emphasized that Russia must not limit itself to the role of international "ferryman", but rather should pursue real presense at the international space services market. He said that it's necessary to put more effort in development of space communications, Earth imaging and monitoring, weather forecasting, navigation services providing, and moniroting of environment.
Putin said nothing on topic of possible replacement or the head of Russian Space Agency on the board.
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two-headed, four-mouthed eagle strikes again
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Well, at least the "constant" of the years to go for the Angara is now officially shortened from three to two years.
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RIA Novosti: Russia to develop new space rocket by 2015:
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Russia is planning to develop a new carrier rocket by 2015 while continuing the work on the Angara family of space boosters, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

The Rus-M carrier rocket is being developed by the Energia space corporation, to launch new-generation spacecraft from the Vostochny space center currently under construction in the country's Far East.

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