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Boeing Say N(ot)yet on Sea Launch Sale

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Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

The news that Roscosmos has found a buyer for  Sea Launch has sparked more litigation over the troubled launch provider.

Boeing has filed suit to block the sale until it can collect a court judgment of $298 million from its Russian and Ukrainian partners. Boeing won a court case in September that involves payments that RSC Energia and Yuzhnoye owe from previous business dealings.

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Russia Says Buyer Found for Sea Launch

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Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

It looks as if Russia has found someone to take Sea Launch off its hands.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has found a buyer for a troubled commercial space project known as Sea Launch, the agency’s director Igor Komarov was cited by the TASS news agency as saying on Wednesday.

“I cannot tell you who the investor is, or the value of the contract, due to certain obligations. I hope that we will have something to say about it by the end of April,” Komarov said. He did, however, say that investors from the U.S., Australia, China and Europe have expressed interest in the project.

The troubled company, which uses a floating platform to launch communications satellite aboard Zenit boosters from the equator, has been on the market for several years. It is majority owned by RSC Energia.

Sea Launch’s last launch was in May 2014. The company has been troubled by launch failures and an inability to secure a significant percentage of the global launch market.

RSS, RSC Energia Expand Space Cooperation With Airbus

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Energia_logoMOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, JSC RSC Energia, JSC Russian Space Systems (RSS), included into State Corporation ROSCOSMOS, and Airbus DS, the largest European aerospace corporation, agreed on expanding their cooperation in development of state-of-the-art commercial satellites, as well as in manufacturing and delivery of reliable space equipment in the interests of Russian civilian space programs.

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IMF: Ukraine Space Sector Possibly Suffered 80 Percent Revenue Loss

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The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares rocket is shipped out from Yuzhnoye design bureau in Ukraine. (Credt: Yuzhnoye)

The first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares (aka, Taurus II) rocket is shipped out from Yuzhnoye design bureau in Ukraine. (Credt: Yuzhnoye)

The International Monetary Fund estimates the Ukrainian space industry lost up to 80 percent of its revenues following the Russian invasion of the eastern part of the country.

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Energia, IBMP Sign Agreement on Biomedical Space Experiments

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Energia_logoMOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, RSC Energia will be visited by a delegation from the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation “Institute for Biomedical Problems” (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. During the visit the President of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev and IBMP Director Oleg Orlov are to sign a strategic partnership agreement.

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Russians Name New Human Spacecraft

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A cosmonaut practices emergency egress from a mockup of Russia's advanced crew transport. (Credit: Energia)

A cosmonaut practices emergency egress from a mockup of Russia’s advanced crew transport. (Credit: Energia)

MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Today, January 15, 2016, the jury, chaired by Director General, SC “Roskosmos” Igor Komarov announced the results of the contest for the best name for the new manned transport spacecraft Russia.

The winner was Andrew Smokotin from Kemerovo, first suggested the name “Federation”. The jury is the “Federation” as the best of the three “finalists” competition (“Gagarin”, “Federation”, “vector”) and will be the official name of the new ship. The names “Gagarin” and “vector” can be used in the future for other projects the space industry of Russia.

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RSC Energia Looks Back on Successful 2015

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Energia_logoMOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Yesterday, December 29, the management of RSC Energia in a meeting with employees summed up the results of the company performance in 2015, reported on the key performance figures and presented preliminary plans for 2016.

The Corporation president Vladimir Solntsev presented in his speech the final financial and economic figures, spoke in detail about the core business of the company – development of rocket and space technology, touched upon social policies and outlined the company development vectors in the incoming year of 2016.

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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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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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RSC Energia Developing Wireless Space Power Transmission System

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energia_flyingMOSCOW, November 30, 2015 (RSC Energia PR) — RSC Energia specialists have proceeded to a ground development testing of electric power transmission from one object to another using infrared laser radiation.

“Leading laboratories of our country have joined the project, and today we already have photovoltaic receivers-converters with an efficiency of about 60 percent. For testing the beam alignment system a line of 1.5 km long between the transmitter and receiver was prepared at the company premises. The system operates successfully in the experimental mode”, said the head of department for power systems of new-generation space vehicles of RSC Energia, Vyacheslav Tugaenko.

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RSC Energia Patents Inflatable Space Module for ISS

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Energia_logoMOSCOW, Oct. 14, 2015 (RSC Energia PR) — Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia has taken out a patent for the invention of a transformable habitable module for the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and future space stations.

The module consists of a rigid core compartment with a constant volume and a multi-layered transformable pressurized shall deployed around it. With that, the size and ergonomics of the rigid compartment fully match the working areas of conventional space station modules.

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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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Boeing Wins Judgment Against Sea Launch Partners

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Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

Zenit lifts off with communications satellite. (Credit: Sea Launch)

As if the Russian government didn’t already have enough difficulty unloading its trouble Sea Launch venture, there will soon be a massive legal judgment hanging over the launch services company.

A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of Boeing and against its Russian and Ukrainian partners in the Sea Launch commercial-launch company, saying the partners breached their contract obligations by not reimbursing Boeing their share of Sea Launch expenses.
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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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