Russian Space Systems to present trends of Space Instrument making industry at MAKS-2015

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JSC “Russian Space Systems” and the companies of integrated structure “Russian Space Systems” will present innovations and products of space instrument, satellite navigation, security, and remote sensing in the framework of the XII International Air Show MAKS-2015. Companies of integrated structure of space instrument for the first time jointly demonstrate the latest equipment and space systems on a single exhibition “Russian Space Systems”.

During the aerospace show “Russian Space Systems” and the companies of integrated structure will jointly present a new technological platform – an instrument of scientific, technical and technological development of the Russian Space Instrument Company. The new platform will form a long-term strategy for scientific and applied research and to begin its implementation.

United States toreceive new batch of Russian RD-181

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The American satellite and rocket builder Orbital ATK Corporation is set to receive a second shipment of Russian-made RD-181 rocket engines for its Antares launcher in late fall.

“Now when the first shipment has already come in and the second is expected later in autumn, the Antares is strictly keeping up with its schedule of flight resuming in the beginning of 2016,” Scott Lehr, a senior company representative told RIA Novosti.

The Russian engines will considerably increase the lift capacity of the launcher.

Russia creates Competence center for development of devices for space applications based on LTCC technology

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The new Competence center for the development and manufacture of equipment for space applications based on LTCC (low temperature co-technology of veneering ceramic) is created on the basis of JSC “Scientific-Research Institute of Precision Instruments” included in the integrated structure of the JSC “Russian Space Systems”.

“The Council of the heads of companies integrated structure of space instrument identified” Scientific-Research Institute of Precision Instruments “as a competence center for the development and production of devices based on the technology of LTCC (Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic, technology of low-temperature co-veneering ceramic), the application of which will increase reliability and ensure high performance equipment for space purposes “, the press service of “Russian Space Systems” reported.

First two RD-181 rocket engines delivered to US

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Russia has delivered to the United States the first two rocket engines RD-181 for the Antares carrier rocket under the contract signed previously.

“On July 15 the first two RD-181 engines were sent from Russia and delivered to the United States on July 16,” the press service said. Before departure to the United States the engines underwent pre-delivery checkout and firing trials.

All in all, Russia plans to deliver four RD-181 engines to the United States this year, another four will be delivered in 2016.

Angara carrier rocket in Sea Launch project

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Russia’s promising Angara-A3 medium-class carrier rocket may be used in the Sea Launch project instead of the Russian-Ukrainian Zenit rocket, the chief designer of the Khrunichev Space Center, which is the Angara developer, told TASS on Tuesday.

“So far, this idea remains. We should wait for some decisions, after which it will be possible to have a serious talk about something,” Alexander Medvedev said.

At least two options are being discussed to adapt the floating Sea Launch platform and the Angara carrier rocket, the chief designer said.

First launch of Soyuz-2 rocket form new Plesetsk launch site to be carried out in 2017

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The first launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the second launch complex, which is now under reconstruction at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, will be carried out in the first half of 2017, Commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko told Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the cosmodrome on Wednesday.

“The first test launch of the Soyuz-2 medium class carrier rocket from the new launch complex is planned for the first half of 2017,” Golovko said.

He said that the industry enterprises would supply the necessary equipment to the launch facility in 2016. “A total of 72 new buildings will be built and 26 buildings renovated within the reconstruction framework. The work for the reconstruction of the launch platform and building a separate launching complex is scheduled for completion by 2017,” the commander said.

Pentagon watches maneuvers of Russian satellite Kosmos-2504

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U.S. military space surveillance systems are watching orbital maneuvers of the Russian military satellite Kosmos-2504, launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in the Arkhangelsk region in March, a U.S. specialized website said with the reference to a U.S. Air Force official.

The satellite has made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit, he said.

In his opinion, such maneuvering capability is consistent with, but not necessarily indicative of, an in-orbit anti-satellite weapon.

Earlier reports said that the United States was closely watching a similar Russian satellite, Kosmos-2499. Former Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said in connection that the small-sized satellites Kosmos-2499 and Kosmos-2491 were not intended to be used for military purposes.

Russia developed concept of extra-heavy rocket for manned space flights

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Rocket and Space Corporation “Energiya” offers to create a prospective booster of superheavy class to perform manned missions on the basis of universal rocket modules that will be produced using the RD-171M. This was said on Friday by a source in the space industry.

“As part of the universal rocket module it is proposed to use 800-ton (for traction) four-chamber RD-171M used in the boosters of the “Zenit”, the official said.
According to him, there’s a range of super-heavy carrier – “Energiya-3 ‘with a load capacity of about 80 tons,”Energiya-5kV” (105 tons) and “Energiya-6″ (165 tons) – where the number in the name corresponds to the number of universal rocket modules block composed of the first stage.”

Titov Chief Testing Center of the Ministry of Defense

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Titov Chief Testing Center of the Ministry of Defense in Krasnoznamensk started to get the latest command and measuring systems for satellite control, electronic components in them Russian, the chief of Titov Chief Testing Center of Space Command troops of Aerospace Defense Andrey Ilyin said on Saturday.
“We are entering into this program (state program of armaments) to equip modern spacecrafts. Modernization is now, we get adopted modern complexes, which are designed to receive and process information from the spacecraft,” Ilyin said.

According to him, in the coming years they will get the command and measuring systems to provide control action on the spacecraft. “It is a complex information processing in the world with its target prediction algorithms of the spacecraft and its operation, which allows us to carry out analysis of the state apparatus”, head of Chief Testing Center said.

Three spacecraft “Gonets-M” put into operation

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Three spacecraft “Gonets-M”, launched March 31, 2015, were put into operation.

This is stated in a message posted on the website of “Information Satellite Systems named after Reshetnev”, the manufacturer of satellites.

“Once being in orbit satellites of personal communications “Gonets-M” of number 21, 22, 23 orbital inspection was carried out, during which experts have tested the operation of all systems of spacecraft. At the moment they are used for their intended purpose,” the message said.