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New angle of Soyuz launch from Vostoshni

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#Soyuz completed its inaugural launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday, climbing into clear skies over the new launch base located in Russia’s far east. Hidden inside the rocket’s protective payload fairing were three satellites headed for a polar orbit to complete technical demonstration and scientific research missions.


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Russia will launch space vehicles under its Moon exploration program from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East, General Designer of Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said on Monday.
The Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan won’t be used for the purpose, he added.

Under the existing plans, the first launch of the spacecraft Federatsiya in an unmanned mode is scheduled for 2021 and its manned flight to the International Space Station is expected in 2023.

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Fifty five years ago, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin stunned the world by becoming the first person to journey to outer space when he completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.
Space travelers and researchers the world over took a moment on Tuesday to remember and pay homage to Gagarin's epoch-making achievement, which represented mankind's very first step towards conquering the final frontier of outer space.

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World-famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Russian businessman Yuri Milner announced the launch of $100 million space exploration project Breakthrough Starshot, sending a fleet of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri. Breakthrough Starshot is research and engineering program aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for light-propelled nanocrafts. These could fly at 20 percent of light speed and capture images of possible planets and other scientific data in our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, just over 20 years after their launch.

Russia Working on New Generation of Space Rocket Engines;
The Russian-built RD-180, the successor to the Soviet RD-170, is featuring a dual-combustion chamber and a dual-nozzle design. It has been in service since 2000.

"We are conducting a serious work on the creation of new sources of energy for inter-orbital tugs and launch vehicles," Komarov told Rossiya 24 broadcaster. He added that the company was also working on the upgrade for Russian RD-180 rocket engines.
All key components for Russia’s space industry will be manufactured in Russia by 2020, Komarov said.

"There are certain problems tied with the implementation of sanctions on delivering electronic components. We have a plan of import substitutions agreed with the government and we don’t have big problems in realizing them. By 2020, we will manufacture the key components on the territory of the Russian Federation."

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