MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will spend 2.1 trillion rubles (about $70 billion) under a state program for the development of the national space industry in 2013-2020, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
“The total volume of funding is quite significant: 2.1 trillion rubles, including extrabudgetary sources,” he said.
The program is designed to ensure the country retains its position as a leading global space power, while also supporting its defense capability, and boosting economic and social development, Medvedev said.
Russia to Launch New Light Class Carrier Rocket in 2013
MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) – The first launch of a new Russian light class carrier rocket has been scheduled for the beginning of 2013, Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Alexander Golovko said on Thursday.
The Soyuz-2.1V features a powerful NK-33-1 engine and will be able to deliver a payload of up to 2.8 tons into low Earth orbit.
“We are expecting to receive the rocket from the manufacturers soon and carry out the first launch in the beginning of 2013,” Golovko told reporters.
MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russian space rocket corporation Energia has completed the technical design of a new manned spacecraft whose flight tests are due to begin in 2017, Energia President Vitaly Lopota said on Wednesday.
“We have completed the technical design project taking into account the fact that the new spaceship is to fly to the Moon, among other places,” he said.
Energia won the spaceship design tender in April 2009.
Federal Space Agency Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin earlier said the new spaceship will be created by 2018 and will be able to fly not only to the International Space Station (ISS) but also to the Moon.
There will be several spacecraft modifications depending on whether the flight will use a terrestrial or lunar orbit, or carry out in-flight repair and maintenance of other spacecraft and the deorbiting of malfunctioning satellites and large fragments of space debris.
MOSCOW, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with six Globalstar-2 low-orbit communication satellites lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday, Russia's Federal Space Agency, known as Roscosmos, said after the launch.
The first two satellites are to separate from the Fregat, or Frigate, booster at 9:43 p.m. Moscow time (5:43 p.m. GMT) and the other four at 9:44 p.m. The Fregat separated from the Soyuz at 8:13 p.m. Moscow time.
The satellites' intended orbit is a bit above 900 km.
BANGALORE, February 7 (Itar-Tass) – The Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner has cost 1.5 billion dollars to create, the president of the United Aircraft-building Corporation, Mikhail Pogosian, told the media on Thursday.
“In that amount about 300-400 million dollars was government money,” he said.
Earlier, some mass media claimed the Russian government had spent seven billion dollars on the SSJ-100 project.
Sukhoi Superjet has good prospects on Chinese market – UAC president
BANGALORE, February 9 (Itar-Tass) – The Sukhoi Superjet 100 jet liner may have a good future on the Chinese market, as the date when China may finalize its own medium haul plane has been repeatedly postponed, the president of the United Aircraft-building Corporation, Mikhail Pogosian, said on Friday.
“The way I see it, there are certain chances for us,” he said. “I estimate China’s market of medium haul planes at 250-300. The ARJ21 project has been delayed, so our chances have grown. I am pretty certain that our plane is better than Bombardier and Embrear.”
China’s future regional passenger jet ARJ21 is expected to carry 70 to 110 passengers, depending on configuration, to make non-stop flights without refueling at distances ranging 2,200 to 3,700 kilometers and land in adverse climatic conditions at high-altitude airfields.
Russian, Kazakh experts reached agreement on Baikonur
MOSCOW, February 8 (Itar-Tass) – The presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev, said on Friday that Russian and Kazakh experts and the heads of appropriate agencies had reached a mutually acceptable agreement on how to use the Baikonur space launch site.
The two leaders discussed the subject at their talks in the Kremlin on Friday.
Putin and Nazarbayev discussed a program of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan for 2013-2015; the creation of the Common Economic Space and advancement towards the Eurasian Economic Union.
The two presidents agreed to continue close contacts at the high and top levels. One will take place in Yekaterinburg this autumn when the city will be hosting the annual Forum of border regions.
Russia Clears Rocket for Space Station Supply Mission
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian government commission has given the go-ahead for the launch of a Soyuz-U carrier rocket with a Progress M-18M cargo ship to the International Space Station (ISS), Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Monday.
Roscosmos specialists have started fueling the rocket, which is due to lift-off at 6:41 p.m. Moscow time (2:41 p.m. GMT) Monday from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
The Progress will dock with the ISS on Tuesday, delivering fresh water supplies, food, clothes, medical and research equipment.