Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 21, 2010 12:24:47 GMT -5
No spacesuits for future cosmonauts.
RussiaToday.com 21 June, 2010, 13:07
Crews of the spaceship Rus, which is now in development, may have standard space suits replaced with individual sealed capsules.
The capsules would be closed tight from the inside with a special airtight zipper, chief designer of the Zvezda space firm, Sergey Pozdnyakov, said in an interview to Interfax news agency.
The Rus crew members would stay inside this “egg-like” shelter during the dangerous stages of a flight, he said.
The space designer added that the futuristic idea is now in the early stages of development and may not be given the green light. Russia’s space agency is yet to present their requirements to life support systems of the Rus.
Zvezda is a subcontractor of Energia, the head developer of Russia’s next-generation piloted spacecraft, which is expected to replace the Soyuz capsules. They will make crew seats and life support systems for the new craft.
The Rus project won a tender in 2009 and the involved producers are now preparing technical documentation for it. The spacecraft will be partially re-usable, with crew capsule capable of performing up to ten launches.
Flight tests for the Rus are scheduled for 2015.
Computer-generated image of a suggested variant of Rus spacecraft.
Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will launch a probe bearing a neutron generator to study the moon's surface in 2012, a leading space researcher said on Tuesday.
"Roscosmos plans to send to the moon a spacecraft bearing a neutron generator developed by our institute to study lunar surface," said Yevgeny Bogolyubov, deputy chief designer of the Automation Engineering Scientific Research Institute.
He also said the generator would be used to study the surface of Mars.
"The IGN-10K impulse neutron generator is designed to study the surface of Mars to determine the content of water in the soil by nuclear-physical methods. The generator will be installed on board a NASA Mars lab that is slated for launch in 2011," he said.
RAZVILKA (Moscow Province), August 3 (RIA Novosti)
Russia to start testing new Angara rocket in 2013.
Test launches of Russia's new booster rocket, the Angara, are to start in 2013, the rocket designer said on Thursday.
Vladimir Nesterov, head of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, said the rocket assembly would be completed in the first quarter of 2011, adding that the first-stage engine was "99% ready" and the second-stage engine had already been tested three times.
He said the only problem that could affect the schedule of tests was delays in the purchase of ground-based equipment that the center was unable to order due to underfunding.
Angara rockets, designed to provide lifting capabilities between 2,000 and 40,500 kg into low earth orbit, are expected to become the core of Russia's unmanned launcher fleet, replacing several existing systems.
The main purpose of the Angara rocket family is to give Russia independent access to space. The rockets will reduce Russia's dependence on the Baikonur space center it leases from Kazakhstan by allowing the launch of heavy payloads from more northerly sites such as Plesetsk and a new space center in Russia's Far East.
Khrunichev is also developing a super-heavy-lift version, the Angara 7, capable of orbiting payloads of 45 to 75 tons, and for which there is no equivalent in Russia's current rocket fleet.
Russia to kick off construction of a new spaceport.
20 July 2010 By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News
Russia will invest US $800m (£527m) into a new spaceport in the country's Far East, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced.
The move is meant to ease the dependence on the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, built during the Soviet-era.
The future cosmodrome will be built near the town of Uglegorsk in the Far Eastern Amur region, close to the border with China.
It is planned to be mostly used for civilian launches and should be operational by 2015.
"The government has made a decision to earmark 24.7 billion rubles ($809m) over the next three years for the start of the full-blown construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome," Mr Putin said.
Vostochny means "eastern" in Russian.
The head of Russia's federal space agency, Roscosmos Anatoly Perminov, said that up to 30,000 specialists would build the new space launch facility.
He also noted that it will be smaller than Baikonur, which Russia rents from Kazakhstan.
"It will be a least costly and a more compact site," Mr Perminov noted, comparing the new site with Baikonur, which is the largest and oldest space launch facility in the world.
The new space port will cover some 700 sq km and will contain new launch pads, a high-tech residential compound and research laboratories.
Port for civilians
Earlier, Mr Perminov mentioned that Russia hoped to launch its first space vessel from the new port as soon as it was completed in 2015, and a first manned flight is planned for 2018.
Mr Putin stressed that the new site will be mostly for civilian launches.
"I very much expect that Vostochny will become the first national cosmodrome for civilian purposes and will guarantee Russia full independence of space activities," he said.
"It is important that the cosmodrome effectively ensures the operation of all future space projects," the Russian premier added.
Russia plans to build a new generation of space vessels that could also be used for interplanetary flights - in particular, for a voyage to Mars.
Engineers are supposed to start designing Vostochny's launch pads, assembly and testing sites as early as next year. The main construction work is planned to take place in 2012.
Russia's space agency's first deputy chief Viktor Remishevsky said the cosmodrome was meant to ensure stability of the Russian space industry by giving the country independent access to space.
Putin also encouraged more international co-operation, mentioning that the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) should be completed by 2015.
"In early 2011, the Russian Soyuz launch vehicle will start operating at the ESA's French Guiana Space Centre in Kourou. Later, the Phobos-Grunt Russian interplanetary spacecraft will put a Chinese space probe in orbit around Mars as part of our programmes to explore deep space," he stated.
With the US shuttle programme being phased out in February 2011, the only means to get to the ISS will be by the Soyuz spacecraft.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 29, 2010 19:00:03 GMT -5
Russian company plans to create hotel in orbit.
Moscow-based company Orbital Technologies on Wednesday announced sky-high plans to launch an orbiting hotel in space by 2015-2016.
The project will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Orbital Tehcnologies' CEO Sergei Kostenko said without disclosing a figure. "Russian and U.S. investors have already been found," he added.
Individuals, professional crews and explorers interested in implementing their own research programs are expected to be the first clients of the commercial tourist hub, Kostenko said.
The Space Adventurers company, the longstanding partner of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) in selecting clients for space tours, is expected to select clients for the new hotel.
So far, several super-rich businesspeople have been the only space tourists, traveling into space with professional cosmonauts, but if the project is implemented the space tourism market is likely to develop rapidly.
The tourist hub will not become a rival to the International Space Station (ISS) as they are designed to serve different aims, Kostenko said. "The ISS was designed to carry out scientific and research work at the request of the government. We plan to create a space hotel."
In comparison with the ISS the space hotel will be much more comfortable. "The tourist hub will not resemble the International Space Station: it will be comfortable inside, and tourists will view the Earth through large portholes," Kostenko said. The hub will be designed to accommodate seven people, he added.
The project will be implemented in cooperation with the state-controlled RKK Energia company and Roscosmos.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 12, 2010 19:02:14 GMT -5
Yanukovych: Ukrainian space-rocket industry should become one of world leaders.
KYIV, October 12 /UKRINFORM/. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych considers it necessary to make the space industry of the country one of the most advanced in the world, he said this when attending SE Production Association "Southern Engineering Plant named after Makarov" as part of his working visit to Dnipropetrovsk region, east of Ukraine, according to the presidential press office.
Having viewed the assembly line for the rocket and space technology and examined the company's products, Yanukovych said: "Today Yuzhmash and space industry of Ukraine is a healthy body that lives".
The head of state said that today's meeting is due to discuss urgent issues of the rocket-space industry, implying also its improvement. "We will be making the successive weighted steps for the development of the industry," he stressed.
"Surely, the state will participate and always take care of one of the most important sectors in Ukraine," Yanukovych emphasized, adding that the question is about high technology.
"This is the prestige of the state, its face and pride ... We will do everything to make our space industry one of the best in the world," the president said.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 27, 2010 15:57:59 GMT -5
Russia may grant Ukraine access to Glonass for military use.
Russia is ready to consider giving Ukraine access to high-precision targeting signals provided by the Glonass satellite navigation system, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Wednesday.
Glonass is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
"If the Ukrainian government shows interest in gaining access to a [Glonass] high-precision signal, we will readily consider this issue," Ivanov told reporters in Moscow.
Russia earlier proposed setting up a joint venture with Ukraine for the development and implementation of the Glonass system.
Ivanov said Russia has been successfully cooperating with India on the use of the Glonass system for defense purposes after Moscow and New Delhi signed a relevant agreement in March.
Russian-built Glonass receivers for aiming and target acquisition are used, in particular, on Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles. According to Indian sources, the receivers have so far performed reliably and consistently.
Russia currently has a total of 26 Glonass satellites in orbit, but three of them are not operational. Three more Glonass-M satellites are scheduled for launch by the end of 2010, allowing Russia to operate a complete Glonass network of 24 operational satellites and have 3-4 satellites in reserve.
The International Space Station celebrates its 10th birthday – a decade of constant service. It is the longest period of continuous human habitation outside the atmosphere of the Earth.
The first permanent crew reached the International Space Station on November 2, 2000. It is arguably humanity's most ambitious engineering project to date, a mixture of science, technology and political cooperation between former sworn enemies.
In the 10 years since, the ISS has expanded to the size of a football field, and received 200 visitors. Now the station is nearly complete, but the jury on what it has achieved is still out.
“The ISS is a breakthrough of cooperation,” said Yury Gidzenko from ISS Expedition 1. “Before, there were separate space agencies. Now they work together. It is a leap forward.”
Frank De Winne, who was the first European astronaut to command an ISS mission, said the ambitious project could not have been possible without global co-operation.
“The space station would not be there without co-operation between Russia and the US,” De Winne said. “But we also have to take into account the smaller partners – the European Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, Canada … they all made great contributions to the ISS.”
The ISS has it critics, however.
“This station has cost taxpayers $100 billion. And that's just absurd. It's too much. But it's there,” stated space entrepreneur Jeff Manber.
Many now admit they were not sure what to expect from the station. And that includes the Expedition 1 cosmonauts themselves.
Gidzenko now trains potential ISS crew members. His own training was more chaotic.
“When we started training for it, the station itself did not exist. There were no manuals. There were no exercise machines,” he recalled.
The first crew's job was to fully activate the station. Much of it had been assembled separately in Russia and the United States, and the first time these parts came together was in space.
“The first two weeks on there were extremely stressful. If we failed, we'd have had to return to Earth and abandon the station. It would never have been constructed as planned,” recalled Sergey Krikalev, another ISS Expedition 1 crew member.
Expedition 1 was a success. Despite problems with construction following the Columbia Shuttle disaster three years later, most of the modules were eventually successfully docked.
The completed space station provides a unique platform for experiments in weightlessness that could develop new materials and medicines. But some believe that the value of the ISS is not in its scientific discoveries. Its lifespan has already been extended to 2020, and possibly beyond.
Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, from Expedition 25, said that now there are projects of using the ISS as a docking port for missions to the Moon and even Mars.
And if mankind does venture further afield, the ISS will serve both as a blueprint and instruction manual for spaceship dos and don’ts.
NO NO NO!!! Saudi-Arabia is the most EVIL country on earth! Scum like that shouldn't participate in endeavors such as this. There's a reason this thread is in the military forum, space exploration primary motive is a military matter. It's masked as just another science, well that's the 2nd motive.
It's time Slavic countries come together in partnership with Ukraine & Russia. Europe space program is western Europe, we should make common cause with Ukraine & Russia. During the Warsaw Pact we had eastern Europe participating in the Soviet space program, we had Cosmonauts that could together with the Soviet ones work together. I want that to come again! We ought to all come together under a meeting, in say Bratislava Slovakia, then we could call it the Bratislava Space Program, BSP. Because the name Bratislava symbolizes the intent. Ofc it'll be mostly Russian dominated, but who cares, everyone should do their part according to their size, at least.
Saudi-Arabia can go straight to hell!
Saudi Arabia, Ukraine to hold joint space explorations.
Saudi Arabia and Ukraine have signed an agreement to cooperate in peaceful space exploration, the website of the Space Agency of Ukraine said on Saturday.
The agreement was signed between President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel and Director General of the National Space Agency of Ukraine Yuriy Alekseyev. The agreement stipulates that Saudi Arabian and Ukrainian scientists will cooperate in fundamental space research and a range of applied sciences, particularly geophysics.
The agreement offers broad opportunities for scientists from the both countries to hold joint symposiums and conferences, share results of experiments.
Saudi Arabia "has obtained substantial success in space exploration over the last years," and Ukraine appreciates prospects of scientific cooperation with Saudi Arabian scientists, Alekseyev said.
James Warlick: Bulgaria May Have Third Astronauts.
Standartnews.com Pnayot Angarev
The USA supports the idea for launching a Bulgarian astronaut in Space. "It will be great a Bulgarian astronaut to fly in Space with US astronauts, won't it? And I fully support the idea," US ambassador to Sofia James Warlick stated at the round table IT Aspects in Defence and Security in the Context of NATO New Strategic concept and EU Strategy.
The US army will provide new combat machines for Bulgarian contingent in Afghanistan. Six of them have already been supplied in Kabul and the Bulgarian-US team will use them for training of Afghanistan soldiers. The new vehicles are from the type MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected). The USA will supply special vehicles for the equipment of the first maneuver battalion group, which will be organized in the beginning of 2011, Defense Minister Anyu Angelov said after the round table meeting.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 16, 2010 13:02:03 GMT -5
Russia to launch new generation satellite in 2013.
Russia's next generation Glonass-K2 navigation satellite will be launched in 2013, Russia's Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said on Tuesday.
"We have decided to modernize the Glonass signal system. We will introduce new signals with a code separation," Sergei Revnivykh, Deputy Director of Roscosmos's Central Research Institute of Machine Building, told a conference in Moscow.
Besides signals on the L3 frequency in the 1205 MHz band, signals will also be transmitted on L1 and L2 frequencies.
The new design will have a 10-year service life.
A modernized Glonass-K1 satellite will be launched in December from the Plesetsk space center 800 km north of Moscow.
Glonass - the Global Navigation Satellite System - is Russian's version of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use.
There are currently 26 Glonass satellites in orbit, but three of them are not operational. Around three more GLONASS-M satellites will be launched by the end of 2010.
The Russians may not have sent a man to the Moon, but on this day 40 years ago, the Soviet Union guided the first unmanned rover to the Earth's closest neighbor. The automatic remote-controlled robots also known as 'Lunar tanks' roamed the Moon's surface, revolutionizing space exploration.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 18, 2010 12:15:01 GMT -5
Dedo Mraz should be BLUE! Not red...
Russian Santa Claus to be tracked via GLONASS satnav system.
Father Frost, Russia's Santa Claus, received on Thursday a staff featuring a GLONASS satellite navigation system so he can be tracked on his New Year's gift-giving journey.
The system will transmit Father Frost's coordinates to a special center, which will publish them on the internet so that everyone can follow his progress on his traditional New Year voyage.
"Technical innovations have become an essential part of modern life. Therefore, Father Frost has mastered computer skills, receives e-mails from children, has blogs in social networks and uses a cell phone to communicate with other magicians," said Ivan Nechayev, the executive director of the Russian Navigation Technologies company, which presented the staff.
The GLONASS module was installed in the crystal-shaped top of the staff, which is 180 cm long and weighs some 3 kg.
Last year, Father Frost's sledge and other vehicles at his residence in the town of Veliky Ustyug were also equipped with GLONASS navigation systems.
NORAD, the U.S. military's North American Aerospace Defense Command, has tracked Santa Claus on his journey around the Earth on Christmas Eve since 1955, when a misprinted phone number in a newspaper ad connected children to the operations hotline. The tradition has grown into a website that was visited by millions of people last year.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5