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.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin continued his working visit to the Amur Region on August 28. He arrived in his Lada Kalina car at the site of a geological survey for the construction of the Vostochny Russian National Cosmodrome, where Mr Putin familiarised himself with the blueprints and layout of the future spaceport.
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.
All decisions made to start work on Vostochny space site 2011 ITAR-TASS
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.
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:
Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov held a telephone conversation with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Mr. Bolden informed Russian party about the changes planned in the NASAâ€™s programs. According to NASA Administrator, these changes are reflected in the agencyâ€™s budget request for 2011.
In particular, Mr. Perminov commented upon cancellation of the US lunar program:
“Russian program didnâ€™t imply any lunar outpost in the nearest future. Concerning cancellation of the US lunar program, this is internal approach of the sovereign state.”
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.
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 â€“ the main thing – in maintaining safety of space operations.
Russia hopes U.S. to extend shuttle operations Reuters
Russia hopes the United States will extend the deadline to retire its space shuttles beyond 2011 and has heard unofficially it is possible, the head of Russia’s space agency was quoted as saying on Friday. (more…)
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.
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.
In a speech at the 12th Conference of the Russian Tsiolkovsky Cosmonautics Academy, Roskosmos administrator Anatoly Perminov said that the Russian space sector has been improving in spite of an economic downturn.
Roskosmos Executive Director Anatoly Perminov recently talked with the state-owned Vesti TV channel about the global financial crisis, space tourism, and Russia’s plans for new human spacecraft and spaceport.
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.