Going Up... And Up... And Up To 462 Meters! St Petersburg Skyscraper Is Europe's Tallest Building.
Russia Insight Feb 9, 2018
The Lakhta Center business complex building on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in St. Petersburg is now the highest in Europe. On Monday, a spire was installed on the new office center of Gazprom, and the tower reached the design height of 462 meters.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 22, 2018 21:04:16 GMT -5
Russian tech giant tests self-driving car on Moscow’s snowy streets (VIDEO)
RT.com 17 Feb, 2018 06:36
Icy roads and soul-crushing traffic make driving through Moscow after a snowstorm risky business, but a video released by Russian tech firm Yandex shows the company’s self-driving car expertly navigating the city’s snowy streets.
The Russian company, which is often compared to Google, is developing a self-driving car of its own – and now there’s video evidence of the progress it has made. Published on Yandex Taxi’s YouTube channel, the video shows the car navigating the streets while coping with traffic, pedestrians, parked vehicles, and various hazards on the snowy streets.
Yandex first unveiled its robotic car in May of last year, saying it intends to capitalize on its already existing online services like map navigation, traffic surveillance, and image recognition for its other major branch – an Uber-like taxi service.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 27, 2018 16:44:17 GMT -5
President Putin: It’s Time to Create a Domestic Microelectronic Industry in Russia.
Vesti News Mar 21, 2018
Russian processors and microchips need to push out foreign products from the domestic market. This task was put forth by Vladimir Putin today. The President held a meeting on developing domestic microelectronics. In recent years the industry has grown three and a half times, but that's not enough.
Russia & China to merge satellite tracking systems into one global navigation giant.
RT.com 1 Apr, 2018 12:21
Moscow and Beijing will team up to create an integrated navigation system based on Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) and the Chinese BeiDou. The system will cover most of Eurasia.
The countries will reportedly negotiate the merger in May at the International Conference on Advanced Technologies in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering in the Chinese city of Harbin, Izvestia daily reports.
The initiative to merge the two separate systems is the result of a proposal made by the Chinese authorities to the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos. It is intended to create a joint global navigation satellite system, covering the countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.
The new system will allow the partners to share data on the positions of navigation satellite groups, improve working efficiency in a real-time environment, and to exchange corrections, where necessary. At the same time, Russian GLONASS may significantly broaden its user base.
“If the project is implemented, it will allow for an improvement in accuracy for both systems,” said a Roscosmos spokesperson, as quoted by the media.
If successful, the project will divide the entire world into two zones of influence by two united systems GLONASS-BeiDou and GPS-Galileo, operated by the US and the European Union, according to Andrey Ionin, a member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics.
Global Positioning System (GPS), the world’s oldest Global Navigation Satellite System, began operations in 1978 to provide location information and navigation to missile submarines and surface ships. The system was also used for hydrographic and geodetic surveying by the US army. The system was opened to civilian and commercial use in 1994. GPS currently operates 31 satellite constellations.
Russia’s GLONASS became operational in 1993. The navigation system has 27 satellites in orbit and all are operational. It is run by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and is currently the second alternative navigational system in operation.
Galileo is the European global navigation system, which is available for civilian and commercial use. It is a joint project by the European Space Agency and the European GNSS Agency. At present, there are 22 operational satellites out of a projected 30. Galileo started working in 2016 and is expected to reach full operational capability by 2020.
Chinese BeiDou was put into operation 2000 with limited coverage and navigation services offered mainly to users in China and neighboring regions. The system currently has a total of 22 operational satellites in orbit and the full constellation is projected to reach 35 satellites.
Japan and India are also developing their own regional navigation satellite systems. The Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is currently under construction. This is expected to become fully operational by the end of the current year. It will have seven satellites and four have already been sent into orbit.
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) covers India and nearby regions, extending up to 1,500km. Its seven satellites are currently in orbit, but the first one has been out of operation after all rubidium atomic clocks on board failed in 2017.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 26, 2018 14:08:55 GMT -5
Sounds like good news, I hope they don't get inbred, which is the threat when trying to save a population that becomes small...
Saved from extinction: No threat to world’s rarest wild cat after Russian park triples population.
RT.com 26 Apr, 2018 13:14
A Russian national park has managed to more than triple the population of Far Eastern leopards, saving the rare wild cat from extinction. The success has left the park short of space for its 100-plus spotted inhabitants.
Far Eastern wild cats, also known as Amur leopards, are one of the world’s most critically endangered species, and were on the verge of extinction until recently. That threat has now passed, thanks to measures taken by the Russian government.
“The threat of this subspecies’ extinction has been fully eliminated,” Sergey Ivanov, special presidential representative for environmental protection, ecology and transport, stated on Wednesday. He added that the success in preserving the leopards’ population had proven that Russian projects in this area are some of the best in the world.
In 2012, Russia established Land of the Leopard national park in Primorsky Krai. The 262,000-hectare park, together with another natural reserve ‘Kedrovaya Pad,’ cover some 70 percent of the animal’s natural habitat. It became the main organizational force for leopard protection, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Back in 2012, the species’ prospects were very bleak, according to Ivanov. “There were only 30 of the rarest and the most beautiful wild cat,” he said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
However, a lot has been done since then, and the population has grown significantly, exceeding 100 leopards and cubs.
While the population of the Amur leopard is out of danger, the authorities are now faced with another, more welcome, problem. The tripled population requires much more space, as each of those wild cats needs its own area.
“Having solved one problem, we have created another, as often happens in life. Now, we don't have enough territory – there are too many cats and each one of them requires its own area,” Ivanov said.
Known as the rarest wild cat on the planet, there were just 30 Amur leopards in Russia and up to a dozen more in China in 2007. The first signs of population recovery occurred in 2015, when the population almost doubled to 57 cats. Last year, there were 84 adult leopards in the Land of the Leopard.
In early April, the national park offered its social-network subscribers the chance to choose a name for one of its spotted inhabitants. After the vote finished last week, a young female wild cat was named Taiga.
Putin wants his super-limo affordable to middle class.
RT.com 18 May, 2018 12:36
Vladimir Putin has suggested that the brand-new bulletproof cars recently added to his motorcade should be available to more than just the top one percent of the population.
It’s crucial to make the vehicles from the 'Kortezh' ('Motorcade') line “affordable not only for the wealthy but people of any income, including middle earners,” Putin explained on Friday during a meeting with Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of the state corporation Rostec, which participated in the design of the limo fleet. Putin had already tried out the new car for himself a fortnight ago en route to the Kremlin for his fourth swearing-in ceremony.
Rostec is indeed considering sending the limos for mass production but, it appears, so far only the rich are interested in upgrading their wheels. “I’ve had quite a number of phone calls from wealthy Russians who would like to purchase such a car,” said Chemezov. He also noted that the vehicles from the 'Kortezh' project will come in all shapes and sizes, from minivans and SUVs to sedans, with even a motorbike model currently in development.
The 'Kortezh' project was initially conceived as a limo line for the Russian political elite. The concept was created by the Moscow-based NAMI State Research Center, partnering with German industry giants Porsche and Bosch. The vehicle underwent extensive testing on a secret government site, and last year Putin personally took one of the prototypes for a test drive.
Now more than a dozen of 'Kortezh' limos are being used by the Federal Protective Service, responsible for the president's wellbeing and logistics. 'Kortezh' has thus become the first Russian-made car regularly used by top officials since Soviet times, replacing Mercedes.
The limo caught international attention, with the foreign press noting its luxurious style, similar to the legendary Rolls Royce Phantom.
It’s expected that the vehicles from the 'Kortezh' project will be marketed under the 'Aurus' brand, with the name combing the Latin word for 'gold' and 'rus' for Russia.
Russia & China show off life-size model of jetliner that will take on Boeing and Airbus.
RT.com 6 Nov, 2018 10:16
Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed a prototype of a wide-body long-haul airplane that has been developed in cooperation with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, a state-owned aerospace manufacturer.
A model of the CR929, a jointly designed jet, was demonstrated at the opening of China’s largest airshow, which began in the coastal city of Zhuhai on November 6 and is set to last until the end of the week.
The plane, which is set to make its maiden flight in 2023, is expected to eventually compete with the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787.
“Our program is making progress and is on schedule,” UAC President Yury Slyusar said, as quoted by CNBC. “It is currently in the preliminary design phase and we are also in the supplier and equipment selection phase, which will finish by the end of 2019.”
The prototype fuselage, which was 22 meters long, 6.5 meters tall and 5.9 meters wide, revealed a spacious interior with nine-abreast basic seating in economy class. The salon is equipped with two rows of first-class seats, three rows of business-class seats, and four rows of economy-class seats. The CR929’s cockpit is equipped with dummy instruments, as the actual systems are yet to be chosen.
The basic version CR929-600 is projected to carry 280 passengers over a distance of up to 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles). The aircraft family will reportedly include a modification with an extended fuselage (CR929-700) and a shortened fuselage (CR929-500). The aircraft length will be 63.25 meters, with a wingspan of 58-61 meters and height of 17.9 meters.
The partners announced plans to work on a wide-body jet program four years ago. The joint venture, dubbed the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC), was formed in 2017. The $20-billion program has reportedly sought proposals for the plane’s engine and landing gear.
The engineering center for the development of the aircraft will be located in Russia, according to the chief designer of the CR929 program from the Russian side, Maxim Litvinov.
Russia to bring back the supersonic passenger airliner.
RT.com 31 Jan, 2019 11:48
The United Aviation Corporation (UAC) will develop Russia’s newest supersonic passenger jet starting 2022, according to the Russian Ministry of Industry, over five decades after launching supersonic travel with the Tupolev Tu-144.
The flight simulator demonstrating the new jet’s capabilities should be developed within three years, said Denis Manturov, the head of the ministry.
He added that research studies will be conducted to improve the aircraft’s aerodynamic characteristics and increase the load ratio.
“Serious work will have to be completed during the same period to prepare a package of documents aimed at regulating the processes of assessing conformity for ultrasonic passenger jets,” Manturov said.
Russia launched the world's first supersonic passenger plane. The Tupolev Tu-144 made its maiden flight in 1968 and began passenger service in 1977. However, it operated for only a year and was deemed economically unfeasible and potentially unsafe. The same eventually happened to the only other similar aircraft, the British-French Concorde, which made its last flight in 2003.
Last year, while watching a test flight of Russia’s new Tu-160 strategic bomber, President Vladimir Putin suggested that a civilian passenger version of the supersonic aircraft could be a viable commercial prospect.
Designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union, the Tu-160 is the largest and heaviest Mach 2+ supersonic aircraft ever built, and second only to the comparable XB-70 Valkyrie in overall length.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 29, 2019 20:04:04 GMT -5
Russia to build €2bn bridge as part of route linking Europe & Western China.
RT.com 27 Aug, 2019 12:49
Authorities in Russia’s Samara Region are ready to begin construction of a 4km-long (2.5 miles) bridge across the Volga; it is the first part of an ambitious international traffic corridor linking Europe with Western China.
The bridge will cost 120.8 billion rubles (€1.6 billion or $1.8 billion), according to the latest version of the construction agreement.
Half of that sum will be allocated as a capital grant from the regional budget, the rest of the financing will be raised by the investor, Obkhod Togliatti (Togliatti bypass). The bridge will be part of the new highway linking Moscow and Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan republic.
The new road will greatly reduce travel time from Moscow to Kazan, as well as to another large city in Central Russia – Samara – from the current 16 to 8 hours, project papers state.
Construction is set to begin later this year, and the bridge is scheduled to become operational by 2024. It is thought it could be built by the Mostotrest company, which is owned by Russian billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, but that information has not yet been confirmed by authorities.
In total, the project will involve building 96km (60 miles) of road and 3.75km (2.4 miles) of the bridge. The project is part of the Europe-Western China international transport corridor, commissioned by President Vladimir Putin.
Investors plan to charge a motorway toll, with payments ranging from 200 rubles ($3), for cars less than two meters high, and up to 1,200 rubles ($18.20) for vehicles taller than 2.6 meters depending on the number of axles.
The new bridge will eventually take the baton from the Crimea Bridge to become Russia’s most ambitious infrastructure project. The arterial route linking the Crimean Peninsula with mainland Russia had its first train line completed last month, while the motorway part of it has been operational since May. At 19km long (11.9 miles), the Crimean Bridge is the longest in Europe.
Ambitious $300mn road project launched in Central Russia.
RT.com 29 Aug, 2019 07:42
Authorities in Russia’s Volgograd Region have launched the construction of a 12km-long (7 miles) bypass, already dubbed Russia’s largest road project for the next five years.
“This project is one of the largest for the next five years [and] I’m not talking merely about money, I’m talking about the scale of the project. It is easy to see: at the moment, three federal highways converge in the city, which makes it impossible to live in,” Russian presidential aide Igor Levitin told reporters.
The Volgograd bypass project is largely aimed at redirecting Volgograd’s huge traffic flow, especially cargo transportation, and moving it outside the city, which is located half-way between Moscow and Russia’s southern regions. The project is also seen as an opportunity to develop the Volgograd territory as a whole, drawing in new businesses and investors.
The cost of it is estimated at 19 billion rubles (€260 million or $290 million), the construction agreement states. Work on the first stage of the road has already started in the Svetloyarsky district of the Volgograd region.
“Preparatory work is currently carried out on a section of the future road, workers are removing the vegetation layer,” head of the Federal Road Agency Andrei Kostyuk told the press.
The first stage of the bypass, according to Rosavtodor, is set to be completed in 2024. It is to include construction of three motorway interchanges and a bridge across the Volga-Don Shipping Canal. According to authorities, the bridge over the canal is the most complex part of the entire project, as they “can only carry out the superstructure sliding during the inter-navigation period,” which starts in December.
The decree for the construction of the Volgograd bypass was signed at the end of 2017. The new transport artery will facilitate the movement of transit traffic coming from Moscow to the Astrakhan Region, Kalmykia, Stavropol Territory, Dagestan, and the ports of the Caspian sea through Volgograd territory. According to Rosavtodor, the new road project will contribute to the development of freight traffic and trade cooperation between Russia and Iran, India, Pakistan and the Persian Gulf states.
The bypass is only a section of a larger highway with a total length of 71.4 kilometers. The highway is to include six road junctions, 25 bridges and overpasses. The construction is planned to be carried out in three stages on different sections of the road, which will allow them to be commissioned immediately after work on each is completed.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 17, 2019 14:49:42 GMT -5
Russia to start mass production of Putin’s limo brand Aurus in 2021 (VIDEO)
RT.com 13 Dec, 2019 14:36
The long-anticipated serial production of Aurus cars, the same domestic brand which made a limousine for Russian President Vladimir Putin, is set to start at the beginning of 2021.
The news was announced by the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry on Friday, after Trade Minister Denis Manturov visited the Ford Sollers plant in the special economic zone of Alabuga, Tatarstan Republic, where the high-end vehicles will be assembled.
After several pilot Aurus cars roll off the production line in 2020, some 360 cars are expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2021. By 2022, the plant’s production capacity is set to surge nearly fivefold to more than 1,700 vehicles. The plan is to eventually manufacture more than 5,200 cars per year in 2024.
“Robot systems [of the plant] allow it to perform technically complex works,” the Industry and Trade Ministry said in a statement. “We will use digital production technologies... as well as unmanned and augmented reality technologies.”
The new Russian-made cars, part of a project dubbed ‘Kortezh’, debuted during Putin’s inauguration in May 2017, when a limousine of the line was finally unveiled. Initially designated for top Russian officials, it was then decided the car would be made available to the general public in both foreign and domestic markets.
Despite it being more than a year away from the launch of mass production, more than 600 pre-orders have been made for the Russian luxury cars.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 17, 2019 14:49:52 GMT -5
Kamaz races into the future with ‘one-of-a-kind’ AI-packed hybrid truck (VIDEO)
RT.com 16 Dec, 2019 19:57
Russia’s top truck-maker Kamaz has unveiled its sci-fi-style haulage truck, expected to hit the roads in about five years. It says the vehicle provides unparalleled comfort for its driver, who gets a comfy cabin and AI assistance.
A lot of resources are being pumped by the state into the overhaul of its transport infrastructure and the Kamaz-54901 Continent seems like the fitting ride for Russia's newly-built highways and bridges.
The 30-ton truck boasts a hybrid power unit, in which a turbo-diesel engine is backed up by an electric one. Such a solution makes it 17 percent more efficient than previous models, which had operated on diesel only. The mule’s fuel consumption rate is said to be 25 liters per 100 kilometers.
The truck’s spacious cabin is designed to provide maximum comfort for the driver during his or her long voyages. It’s equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a multi-cooker and a wash tank. There is a separate niche for documents, a safe with a combination lock and a 90-centimeter-wide folding bed. On-board electronics are partially powered by solar panels built into the roof of the vehicle.
The Continent’s control panel is represented by a 39-cm (15.5-inch) touch screen multimedia system, which combines the functions of an entertainment center and an on-board computer. Another tablet is fitted into the steering wheel, while two more screens are located on the sides of the cabin to display the visuals from the cameras that replaced the rear-view mirrors.
Operating the Kamaz of the future would be impossible for a driver that is either intoxicated or road-weary. The Continent’s engine just won’t start if the driver fails a contact-free sobriety test. The person behind the wheel is also constantly monitored by two cameras, which evaluate his or her physical condition based on head position, the frequency of blinking and other factors.
The ‘Highway Pilot’ artificial intelligence system has been ordained as the main assistant to the driver of the new truck. It allows for emergency braking, switching lanes and making turns automatically, for adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition and other features.
The serial version of Kamaz Continent is expected to be presented sometime in 2024 or 2025, the manufacturer, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, has announced.
Based in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan, Kamaz is the largest truck manufacturer in the country. It produces more than 30,000 vehicles annually, which are not only in demand in Russia and the former Soviet republics, but are also shipped to Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Kamaz trucks have been the dominant force at the Dakar Rally, with its team winning the prestigious event 16 times since 2000.
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Oct 10, 2020 4:12:53 GMT -5
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Oct 12, 2020 18:58:52 GMT -5
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Oct 13, 2020 8:39:57 GMT -5
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Oct 22, 2020 15:41:37 GMT -5
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Oct 22, 2020 15:41:56 GMT -5
Milo I.: Deutscher Sauerbraten?
Oct 28, 2020 9:59:34 GMT -5
White Cossack: Who's the best state leader currently?
Dec 6, 2020 8:57:53 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Viktor Orban?
Dec 8, 2020 5:55:50 GMT -5
Gopnik: from leader's POV, i'd say Kim Jong Un as in north korea he is not forcing any pics of himself nor making a shit ton of songs praising him unlike his dad and grandfather, but instead he is attempting to get the nation out of the shithole it is in today.
Dec 13, 2020 17:16:43 GMT -5
Gopnik: but 1000000% not kim from a citizen's point of view, the Camps in North Korea are horrible.
Dec 13, 2020 17:18:52 GMT -5
White Cossack: You're both right, fellas.
Dec 18, 2020 11:17:53 GMT -5
eternal jew: indeed goys
Dec 18, 2020 12:13:55 GMT -5