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The Russian government has ordered to prepare proposals for the further development of the unique floating cosmodrome #SeaLaunch, Energia Space Corporation President Vitaly Lopota told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

"There are instructions from (Prime Minister Dmitry) Medvedev and (Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry) Rogozin to continue the Sea Launch (project) and prepare proposals for its prospects," he said.

The unique project allows maintaining the intellectual potential that ensured the creation of the Energia rocket, which has the best technical characteristics in the world, he noted.

"We maintain the technologies thanks to the Sea Launch project. Development of future super heavy rockets also largely depends on whether we will be able to maintain it," Lopota stressed.

The Sea Lunch international company was founded in 1995 with the participation of the American company Boeing, Russia's Energia, Norway's Kvaerner and Ukrainian’s design office Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash.

It is the major commercial international project to develop and use a sea-based rocket launch complex. The company and the floating cosmodrome are set up with the aim to fulfil the idea to launch rockets from the equator. As a result of the reorganization of the company in 2010, Energia Oversees Limited (the Energia corporation's subsidiary) received 95% of shares, three percent went to Boeing and two percent to the Norwegian shipbuilding company Eicher Solutions. Energia supplies DM boosters used as rocket stages to carry a payload. The corporation is also the head organization in the rocket sector and a technical controller of missions.

MOSCOW, ITAR-TASS.
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On the first launch of the Angara launch vehicle: http://www.roscosmos.ru/20654/ 
Editor's note: After almost 20 years in development, the first post-Soviet space rocket is promised to fly this month. Our unofficial overview of the program and Angara's maiden flight can be found here: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/angara.html  ...here: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/angara5p.html  ...and here: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/angara1_pp_preflight.html 
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Russia’s space industry must be improved to ensure a return on government investments in the sector, a senior official said Friday.

“We can no longer tolerate the lag behind world standards,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

Rogozin, who oversees the space and defense sectors, said the government must focus on building public-private partnerships to make the space industry more profitable.

A decision last year to consolidate the domestic industry into a single United Rocket and Space Corporation followed a crash of a Proton rocket, the country’s largest, in July.

Long a world leader in rocket construction, Russia is a major supplier of launch vehicles for foreign payloads, but has failed to become a market contender in the lucrative satellite service and manufacturing industry.

A 2013 report by the Washington-based Satellite Industry Association said that in 2012 just 3.4 percent of the $189.5 billion in industry revenues came from launch services.

The remaining $183 billion went to ground equipment and satellite services and manufacture.

Last month, Rogozin said the government would introduce stiffer penalties for companies that did not manufacture and deliver spacecraft on schedule.

“Another important aspect is to secure outside funding,” Rogozin said. “It’s embarrassing that Russia has 3 percent of the international space market.”

Rogozin also emphasized the need for further international cooperation in space, and called for long-term planning for the country’s fleet of rockets to serve future needs through the 2040s.

MOSCOW, March 8 (RIA Novosti)
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Russia is planning to launch another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit on March 24, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Glonass is Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses.
“March 24 has been determined as the most optimal date for Glonass-M launch,” said Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Aerospace Defense Forces.
Zolotukhin said the satellite will be launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on board the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket.
The new Glonass-M will augment a group of 28 Glonass satellites already in orbit. Twenty-four satellites are currently in operation, while three are spares and one is in test-flight phase.

The Glonass system requires at least 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services across the whole of Russia and 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide. 
By 2020, Russia plans to have 30 Glonass-M and new-generation Glonass-K satellites in orbit, including six in reserve, space officials have said.

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Angara-1.2PP rocket successfully completed its maiden flight on Wednesday
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A Russian Soyuz 2-1B Rocket with Fregat Upper Stage is set to launch from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on March 24, 2014 (local time) carrying a Glonass M navigation satellite to Medium Earth Orbit to replenish the aging Glonass constellation. Five Glonass M satellites are planned to launch in 2014 along with one next generation satellite, Glonass K2.
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Launch pad for Soyuz-2 carrier rocket at Vostochny to be completed in 2015: The first stage of the project — construction of roads at the cosmodrome — has been completed. Russia’s Agency for Special Construction Project (Spetsstroy) said it was hoping to finish building the launch pad for the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket at the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far Eastern Amur region before the end of July 2015.

Spetsstroy Director Alexander Volosov visited the cosmodrome construction site on Monday, March 17, to assess progress and take a look of the facilities being built.

“The biggest attention was paid to the construction of the first launch complex for the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket, which is to be completed in late July 2015,” Spetsstroy’s press service said.

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Spetsstroy, the main contractor in this project, have approved a schedule of work. Spetsstroy is now stepping up work to make up for delays caused by bad weather.

The first stage of the project — construction of roads at the cosmodrome — has been completed. The second stage is proceeding as scheduled and is to be completed in December 2014. More than 400 social, engineering and transport infrastructure facilities, 115 km of roads and 125 km of railroads will be built at the cosmodrome.

Vostochny should become operational in 2015 and start sending manned missions in 2018. The comsodrome is intended for launching automatic and piloted space missions under national, international and commercial programs. Its construction started in 2012 and the first launch is expected to be carried out in by 2015 on board Soyuz-2 light carrier rockets. By 2018, it will be ready to launch heavy Angara-5A rockets. The cosmodrome will also have infrastructure for future piloted missions.

Russia plans to launch its new Angara carrier rocket this year. The new carrier rocket will be used to launch both civilian and military spacecraft and for international space cooperation projects.

Ostapenko said earlier that work on the Angara carrier rocket was proceeding as scheduled.

“We stick to the schedule. Work is now in progress to create a medium lift launch vehicle and in parallel with that we will move over to the heavy version Angara-5. Work is also underway to create the Soyuz-2 rocket and space system, and we plan to use the builders’ capacities for constructing the launch pad for Angara,” Ostapenko said.

A super-heavy lift launch vehicle will be able to carry a payload of 80 tonnes to low-earth orbits. In the future, its capacity can be increased to 160 tonnes and more.

The launch site for super-heavy lift vehicles will be built at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Khrunichev Space Centre Director-General Alexander Seliverstov said that the Angara development had reached the flight test stage and the focus was on finalizing the launch site in Plesetsk.

He said that light and heavy versions of Angara rockets would be launched in 2014 and work was proceeding as scheduled. “The first rocket is to be launched in 2014,” Seliverstov said.

Angara will allow Russia to launch all kinds of spacecraft to any orbit. Now Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan for about $115 million a year.

According to Khrunichev, a big advantage of the new rocket carrier is that “it is a universal space rocket system” capable of taking three types of rockets into space: light with a payload of up to 3.5 tonnes, medium with a payload of up to 14.6 tonnes, and heavy with a payload of up to 24.5 tonnes.

Medium lift and heavy lift launch vehicles can take payloads to the geostationary orbit as well.

The vehicle uses a unique engineering solution: the carrier can be assembled of the same modules. Their maximum number is five in a heavy version, three in a medium version, and one in a light version. They can all be launched form the same pad, not like now at Baikonur where each carrier requires its own launching pad.

The Angara class of rockets comprises four types of vehicles, with payload capacities ranging between 3.7 tones (light class, intended for low orbits) and 28.5 tonnes. 

The rockets are based on a universal rocket module powered by the RD-191 engine using kerosene and liquid oxygen. One such module makes up the first stage of the light class Angara 1.1 and Angara 1.2 boosters. Their second stages are different. The medium and heavy class boosters Angara-3 and Angara 4 are an extension of the light class types with additional three or four universal modules. Depending on the specific tasks, the booster can be equipped with the Briz-M or KVRB accelerator units. 



MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/Igor Ageyenko
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