Russia: A New Rocket for a New Spaceport

Anatoly Perminov


On August 25, a meeting of Roscosmos Scientific and Engineering Board held a meeting at the premises of the Federal Space Agency. The agenda covered the issues linked with draft design of the mid-class rocket space system [Rus-M rocket] of new generation with high lifting capacity for Vostochny space port.


Putin: New Spaceport Will Make Russia Independent, More Competitive in Space

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tours RSC Energia in July. (Credit: Russian Federation Government)

The Roscosmos website has a fascinating transcript of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to Uglegorsk, which is adjacent to the nation’s future Vostochny National Space Port. Putin gave formal remarks, engaged in a discussion with Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov, and spoke with villagers. The transcript, reproduced at this end of this post, brings to light a great deal of information about the new Russian facility.


Russia Set to Begin Construction of New Far East Spaceport in 2011

Anatoly Perminov

All decisions made to start work on Vostochny space site 2011

All necessary decisions are in place for launching the construction of the spaceport Vostochny in the Amur region in 2011, the head of the federal space agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, said at a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council devoted to the sketch of a future high-capacity next-generation space rocket complex of middle-class for the spaceport Vostochny.


Russia Wants Commercial Space Investment, Designer Proposes Reviving MAKS

RIA Novosti reports that Russia is looking to follow NASA’s lead in attracting private investment into human spaceflight as a proposal to revive a long-mothballed shuttle project is floated.

“Manned space systems have become rather expensive and private investment should be attracted more actively, like it is in the U.S.,” Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov said.

It’s not clear whether he was referring to the six-person Soyuz replacement that Roskosmos is building or other projects that have been floating around the Russian space sector for years. One of these programs is the air-launched MAKS orbital mini-shuttle that Molnia R&D General Designer Vladimir Skorodelov has proposed reviving:


NASA’s New Direction: The View From Russia

Anatoly Perminov


Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov held a telephone conversation with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Mr. Bolden informed Russian party about the changes planned in the NASA’s programs. According to NASA Administrator, these changes are reflected in the agency’s budget request for 2011.

In particular, Mr. Perminov commented upon cancellation of the US lunar program:

“Russian program didn’t imply any lunar outpost in the nearest future. Concerning cancellation of the US lunar program, this is internal approach of the sovereign state.”


Perminov: Apophis, You’re Going Down!

In comments that baffled many experts worldwide, Roskosmos head Anatoly Perminov said his agency is considering a project to deflect the asteroid Apophis, which has a 1-in-233,000 chance of hitting the Earth in 2036. RIA Novosti reports:

“A scientist recently told me an interesting thing about the path [of an asteroid] constantly nearing Earth… He has calculated that it will surely collide with Earth in the 2030s,” Anatoly Perminov said during an interview with the Voice of Russia radio.


Perminov: Roscosmos Budget Looks Good for 2010

Anatoly Perminov
Anatoly Perminov


Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov held a short briefing today after the session with the ISS crew at MCC.

Answering the questions of the journalists, Perminov said that the 2009 was positive for the Russian rocket and space industry in all its branches: the number of launches, the number of spacecraft orbited, and – the main thing – in maintaining safety of space operations.


Transcript: Putin-Perminov Discuss Russian Space Program


Roskosmos has posted a transcript of a discussion between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Roskosmos administrator Anatoly Perminov. They discussed GLONASS navigation system, cooperation with China and African nations, International Space Station operations, preparations to launch Soyuz rockets out of French Guiana, and the upcoming Phobos-Grunt mission to Mars.


Roskosmos Administrator Perminov Speaks About Past, Present and Future ISS Cooperation


Summary of Speech by Anatoly Perminov, Roscosmos Head During Videoconference with the Heads of the Space Agencies Involved in the ISS Program
ESA Headquarters in Paris
June 17, 2009

Concerning NASA`s current summary plan of human spaceflights in the International Space Station program, the issues related to transport and cargo supply support of the station are critical for us, since Roscosmos today puts significant efforts into maintaining human habitation in the space station, including crew rotation, rescue, payload delivery, under NASA`s orders as well. We are endorsing NASA endeavors to accelerate development of the Orion crew transport system and the Ares-1 launch vehicle.


Perminov Receives Merit Award, Promotes Krikalev to Lead Gagarin Center


On March 31, 2009, Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, signed Decree N 344 to award the Motherland Merit Order, III Degree, to Anatoly Perminov, Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, for his great contribution into development of the Russian rocket and space industry and continuous effective work.