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Russians Say N(ot)yet to Reusable Rockets

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Roscosmos_logoIt looks as if Roscosmos will not be following Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos down the road of reusable rockets. Instead, the newly privatized company will spend the next decade developing a new medium-lift launch vehicle that will serve as the foundation of a super-heavy booster.

That’s the word on the latest draft of Russia’s incredibly shrinking space budget. With its revenues battered by low oil prices, the government has cut back planned spending for 2016-2025 from 2 trillion rubles ($24.4 billion) to 1.4 trillion rubles ($17.1 billion). The government might allocate an additional 115 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) after 2021, TASS reports.

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Roscosmos Looks Back on its Life, Death and Rebirth in 2015

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Roscosmos_logoMOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — 2015 – the year of the creation of the state corporation “Roscosmos”, the year of the completion of the first civilian spaceport Russia – Vostochny cosmodrome, the year of transition to the new space programs.

Ongoing systemic reform space industry (CSC) of Russia. Each enterprise, institution, organization RKO undergoing serious structural changes. And already the first results – companies developing and producing launch vehicles and spacecraft, carrying out maintenance of ground infrastructure, training of cosmonauts and astronauts become more efficient and sustainable.

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Russia Led in Launch Successes and Failures in 2015

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Flight VS13 was the 13th Soyuz liftoff performed from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport. (Credit: Arianespace)

Flight VS13 was the 13th Soyuz liftoff performed from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport. (Credit: Arianespace)

Russia continued its dominance of the global satellite launch industry in 2015, conducting 29 of 86 orbital launches over the past 12 months. It also maintained its lead in botched launches, suffering two failures and one partial failure.

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Russia Narrows Choices of Names for New Spacecraft

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Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS). (Credit: RSC Energia)

Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS). (Credit: RSC Energia)

MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Wednesday, December 23, 2015, saw the completion of the public voting – one of the final stages of the competition for the best name for the new-generation Russian crew transportation spacecraft (CTS) that is being developed by RSC Energia.

Taking part in the public vote were 35105 who determined the three names which made it into the finals: Gagarin – 10389 votes, Vector – 4866 votes, Federatsia – 3604 votes.

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Roscosmos is Dead — Long Live Roscosmos!

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Vladimir_PutinVladimir Putin signed Executive Order On Abolishing the Federal Space Agency

MOSCOW (Russian President’s Office PR) — In accordance with Federal Law of July 13, 2015 On State Corporation for Space Activities Roscosmos, the President resolved to abolish the Federal Space Agency.

The Russian Federation Government has been instructed to ensure continuity in carrying out the powers and functions being transferred to Roscosmos that had previously been performed by the abolished Federal Space Agency, and to resolve financial, support and other issues pertaining to implementation of the Executive Order.

Editor’s Note: Russia has transformed its space agency into a state-owned corporation that will now control virtually the entire space industry. Whether this change will help solve the industry’s many problems — which include graft, inefficiency, bloat, poor quality control, aging workforce, a shortage of replacement workers, low pay and a lack of innovation  — remains to be seen.  Given Putin’s tendency to centralize everything, it’s probably the only move he could make.

JAXA-NASA Agree to New Cooperative Framework for Extending ISS Operations

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Japanese KIBO module

Japanese KIBO module

TOKYO and WASHINGTON (JAXA & NASA PRs) — On December 22, 2015, the Japanese and U.S. governments agreed on a new cooperation framework for the International Space Station (ISS) Program and, accordingly, Japan decided to extend its participation in the ISS operations until 2024.

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More NASA Funding Provisions From the Omnibus Spending Bill

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Here are some additional provisions included in the omnibus spending measure unveiled by Congress on Wednesday.

Commercial Crew

“This Act provides up to $1,243,800,000 for NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability to safely send the Nation’s astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017. The Committees note that NASA notified Congress in an August 2015 letter of its decision to modify an existing contract with the Russian government for crew transportation services beyond 2017. That decision was made prior to any final action by Congress on NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability funding for fiscal year 2016.

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British Astronaut Arrives at Space Station for 6-Month Stay

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Tim Peake arrives at Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

Tim Peake arrives at Space Station. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

PARIS, Dec. 15, 2015 (ESA PR) — ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut commander Yuri Malenchenko arrived at the International Space Station today, six hours after their launch at 11:03 GMT.

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft docked with the Space Station at 17:33 GMT. The astronauts opened the hatch at 19:58 GMT after checking the connection between the seven-tonne Soyuz and the 400‑tonne Station was airtight.

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Japan Agrees to Space Station Extension

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Japanese KIBO module

Japanese KIBO module

Japan has become the third international partner to agree to a U.S. plan to extend operations of the International Space station to 2024 — albeit with a condition.

“We will faithfully implement the schedule for our basic space program and work on an aggressive space strategy,” Abe said at a ministerial meeting on space development.

As the sole Asian member of the ISS project, Japan plans to stick with the extended project on the condition that other Asian countries are given a chance to use the Japanese laboratory unit Kibo, which is currently shared with the United States.

The government apparently believes opening Kibo for other countries would help Japan and the United States increase their presence in Asia at a time when China is rising as a new major power in space exploration.

Russia and Canada have agreed to the four-year extension. ESA has not reached a decision yet.

Russia Asks Public to Help Name Next Human Spacecraft

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Prospective Piloted Transportation System

Prospective Piloted Transportation System

MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — The creativity competition for the best name of the new-generation Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) was organized by RSC Energia with participation of Roscosmos and URSC.

The competition launched on August 27, 2015, and generated a lot of interest among Russian public. “The most active participants are residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg and eastern regions of Russia aged 25 to 40. Altogether, 5817 names were proposed.

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UAE Space Agency Signs MOU With Roscomos

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UAE_Space_Agency_LogoDUBAI (UAE Space Agency PR) — The UAE Space Agency today has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian Federal Space Agency “ROSCOSMOS”, to create a strategic space partnership between the two entities.

Signed by HE Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, and Igor Komarov, General Director of “ROSCOSMOS”, the MoU allows for extensive cooperation in space policy, human capital development and training, as well as in future development, ground station operations support, and general awareness.

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Putin Demands Massive Government Space Agency Stay Competitive

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Vladimir Putin inspects construction at Vostochny. (Credit:  Presidential Press and Information Office)

Vladimir Putin inspects construction at Vostochny. (Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that his nation’s bloated space sector remain competitive with the West as the entire industry is consolidated under the control of the government-owned Roscosmos space agency.

“Special attention needs to be directed in the course of [new space] programs at strengthening our positions in the spheres of manned spaceflight and in orbiting cargo, primarily in commercial launches,” Putin said at a meeting of space industry officials in Sochi on Thursday.
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China Looks for Help Building Space Station; NASA is Outsider Looking In

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The crew of Shenzhou-10 after 15 days in space. (Credit: CNSA)

The crew of Shenzhou-10 after 15 days in space. (Credit: CNSA)

China is looking for partners on its space station, whose core module is set to launch in 2018:

China is soliciting international participation in its future manned space station in the form of foreign modules that would attach to the three-module core system, visits by foreign crew-transport vehicles for short stays and the involvement of non-Chinese researchers in placing experiments on the complex, the chief designer of China’s manned space program said Oct. 12….

The Chinese orbital station, consisting of a core module and two experiment-carrying modules, can be expanded to a total of six modules if international partners want to invest in their own components, said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the China Manned Space Program at the China Manned Space Agency.

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Officials Discuss New Production System for Russian Space Industry

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Roscosmos_logoMOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — At the educational workshop, “Enhancing the operational efficiency of the rocket and space industry”, organized by URSC and IPK “Mashpribor”, specialists of rocket and space industry enterprises studied the techniques of transforming production systems of big companies and discussed draft sectoral reforms in the following areas “Capacities optimization”, “Quality Management System” and “Project Management”.

“Development of the production system of State Corporation Roscosmos is one of our priorities. It is important to straight and honestly analyze the problems and jointly find their solutions. 80% of problems cannot be resolved by instructions and new technology, an efficient workflow in place is required”, Igor Komarov, General Director of SC Roskosmos said.

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Russian Spacecraft Naming Competition Attracts Numerous Entries

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Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS). (Credit: RSC Energia)

Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS). (Credit: RSC Energia)

MOSCOW, Sept. 10, 2015 (RSC Energia PR) — The competition for the best name of the new Russian Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) for lunar missions has generated much interest since it was announced – altogether during these 14 days the RSC Energia web site has received more than 3500 entries.

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