First Arianespace’s mission of 2022 and OneWeb’s thirteenth launch, Soyuz Flight VS27 successfully put 34 additional constellation satellites into a near-polar orbit.
In the course of 2022, Arianespace will continue to deploy OneWeb’s satellite network, which now comprises 428 satellites in low Earth orbit.
KOUROU, French Guiana (Arianespace PR) — Today’s launch, Flight VS27, was the first Arianespace’s mission of 2022 and the 340th launch overall for the Arianespace family of launchers Ariane, Soyuz and Vega. Performed on Thursday, February 10 at precisely 03:09 p.m. local time at Guiana Space Center (06:09 p.m. UTC), this mission orbited 34 OneWeb satellites bringing the size of the fleet in orbit to 428.
Oxana Wolf, Roscosmos Deputy Director of the Department of Advanced Programs and the Sphere Project, told the Russian Space publication about the progress of the process in terms of easing the administrative requirements for the work of business, the balance between desires and real opportunities, and how space universities can help entrepreneurs.
Q: Oksana Valerievna, have you managed to bring clarity this year with regard to the normative and legal documents governing cooperation between Roscosmos and private business?
A: Business is progressing, but not as fast as we would like. During this time we did not sit idly by, but the volume of tasks is very large!
MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — A meeting of the Council of Chief Designers was held at the Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), at which issues on the creation of the Soyuz-5 space rocket complex (KRK) were considered.
Representatives of RSC Energia took part in the work of the Council of Chief Designers, chaired by the General Director of the Progress RSC – the chief designer of the Soyuz-5 spacecraft, Dmitry Baranov, and the Deputy General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for rocketry, NKI operation, quality and reliability assurance, Alexander Lopatin, NPO automatics, NPO Energomash, KBKHA, NIC RCP, NPO Lavochkin, RKS, TsENKI, as well as other enterprises and leading institutes of the rocket and space industry.
At the meeting of the Council, the organizational issues of the delivery of the conceptual design for the space rocket complex to the state customer, the State Corporation Roscosmos, were considered. The General Director of the Progress RCC presented a report on the progress of work on the creation of the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle. RCC “Progress” manufactures the first stage fuel tanks of the rocket, pipelines, pneumohydraulic units for ground experimental testing of the product.
Completed static tests of prototypes of the oxidizer tank to confirm the strength of the first stage of the launch vehicle intended for bench tests. Firing tests of the development engine RD-171MV were carried out at the NPO Energomash stand, firing tests of the RD-0124MS engine in KBKhA continue.
The heads of RSC Energia, NPO Avtomatika, NPO Energomash, KBKhA, NPO Lavochkina, TsENKI and other enterprises-developers of the Soyuz-5 space rocket complex and its components also made reports.
The Council of Chief Designers made decisions aimed at ensuring the delivery of the preliminary design for the Soyuz-5 spacecraft complex this year.
MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The outgoing year 2020 has become a difficult test for the entire world marked by the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Many world economic players have encountered objective difficulties in the implementation of previously outlined plans.
Unfortunately, Roscosmos also had to correct a number of plans, including those related to launch activities. Nevertheless, Roscosmos management put the quality of production and the safety of personnel working at the Russian rocket and space industry enterprises and cosmodromes at the forefront.
MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On December 15, 2020, a state contract was signed between Roscosmos and Progress Rocket Space Center (Samara, part of Roscosmos) to develop key elements and technologies for creating a super-heavy space rocket complex.
The contract provides for the development and release of a technical design for a space rocket complex with a super-heavy launch vehicle and an upper stage. Alexander Cherevan, Soyuz-5 launch vehicle Chief Designer at RSC Progress, has been appointed the head of works.
RSC Progress specialists completed a preliminary design determining the main technical characteristics of launch vehicle, working out options for assembling the rocket, including mobile assembly and maintenance complex at the universal launch complex. The technical design implies estimated weight of the launched payload from 125 to 147 tons for low-earth orbit and up to 27 tons for the moon orbit, depending on the version of the launch vehicle.
In accordance with the contract, the technical design for the super-heavy rocket complex must be developed and submitted for consideration to Roscosmos in 2021.
Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin is protesting the inclusion of Russian Mission Control operator TsNIIMash and Soyuz rocket manufacturer RSC Progress on a list of 103 Russian, Chinese and Venezuelan companies sanctioned by the U.S. government due to their connections to the defense sectors of their home nations.
“The [Military End User] List informs exporters, reexporters, and transferors that a license will be required to export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) designated items to listed entities,” the Commerce Department said in a press release.
MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — State Corporation Roscosmos and Rocket and Space Center Progress (part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) on October 5, 2020 signed a state contract for preliminary design on the topic “Creation of a space rocket complex with a medium-class carrier rocket Amur at liquefied natural gas ”.
The aim of this work will be to design a new commercially oriented space rocket complex with a booster rocket operating on liquefied natural gas and liquid oxygen. The new rocket will have a reversible first stage and reusable liquid engines. Their development has already been underway at the Chemical Automatics Design Bureau (part of the NPO Energomash integrated structure of the Roscosmos State Corporation, Voronezh) since 2016.
MOSCOW (Roscosmos PRs) — Roscosmos management headed by its Director General Dmitry Rogozin together with the specialists from Russian space industry enterprises, as well as S7 Space company, estimated the amount of work required to get the Odyssey sea launch platform ready for Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 perspective carrier rocket launches. The launch vehicles are currently being designed in Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of Roscosmos).
MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Work is performed in compliance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation where RSC Energia is identified as the prime contractor of space rocket complex (SRC).
The following enterprises of State Corporation ROSCOSMOS: RSC Progress, FSUE TsENKI, etc. are the work co-executors.
Flight tests of new Russian launch vehicle (LV) Soyuz-5 are planned to be conducted for 2022 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.