Category Archives: Baikonur cosmodrome

Soyuz 2-1A delivers 73 satellites during single flight on 14 July 2017!

Roscosmos launched on Friday Soyuz-2.1A rocket from launch site 31/6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. In spite of Kanopus V-IK remote sensing satellite, rocket delivered also 72 various cubesat satellites weighing around 17 kg 1U sized up to 120 kg 6U sized. Rocket was launched punctually at 06:36 UTC. Rocket delivered payload inside cargo compartment of Fregat…
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Soyuz prepared to deliver to orbit infra red observation satellite from Baikonur

Soyuz 2-1A rocket with Fregat-M upper stage was delivered today on railed platform to Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rocket will deliver Kanopus-V-IK, observation satellite for Roscosmos along with 73 other spacecrafts from different companies and organizations. Launch is planned for Friday, at 06:36 UTC. Satellite was originally developed as Kanopus-V 2 by…
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Progress MS-06 on orbit !

Progress MS-06 reached orbit on the top of the Soyuz-2.1a after successful launch from "Gagarin's Start" launch site Baikonur Cosmodrome. Soyuz-2.1a was launched punctually at 9:20:13 UTC from legendary Launch Site 31/6 with weighing 7.3 t Progress MS-06 spacecraft on the top. Vehicle was filled with 2.7 t of supplies for crew members and also as only…
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Soyuz rolled out before next cargo mission to ISS

Soyuz-2.1a rocket which will deliver Progress MS-06 cargo robotic spacecraft was rolled out yesterday to the Launch Pad 1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Progress with 2500 kg of payload encapsulated under fairing of Soyuz-2.1a begun pn Sunday its last journey on Earth. Yesterday on Sunday rocket was rolled out on special railed platform from assembly facility MIK-112. It was…
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Proton returns with first flight after 12-month break

International Launch Services managed to return with their Proton rocket after problems with their launch vehicle, which caused 12-month break in ILS flight schedule. Success of today's mission helped in rebuilding positive view of ILS which operates Russian Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Proton which suffered for serious malfunction of the second stage during Intelsat-31 mission…
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Soyuz MS-04 docked – launch, flight and docking during same day !

Soyuz MS-04 mission finished after only few hours - Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos) and Jack Fischer (NASA) spent really short time inside Soyuz spacecraft before it docked to International Space Station's Poisk module. Expedition 51 started ! This mission was unique basically because docking was performed few hours after start and also because of fact, that…
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Progress MS-05 after first 24 hours in space

Yesterday Progress MS-05 robotic cargo spacecraft was delivered to orbit by Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. It was probably last time when we could see Soyuz-U as launch vehicle during mission of Progress spacecraft.  This time there was no problems and Soyuz-U perfectly reach assumed altitude and deployed Progress MS-05 spacecraft. It is worth to remind…
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Echostar-21 still without date of launch

ILS, operator of Proton-M rocket was forced to postpone delivering Echostar-21 communication satellite with Proton-M rocket. Launch originally planned for 28 December 2016, still remains without final date. It is possible, that we will see Proton-M climbing over Baikonur Cosmodrome on January - but still we do not know exactly when. Manufacturer of the rocket…
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Progress MS-04 – reasons of anomaly.

Do not praise the day before the sunset - this phrase will be surely remembered by Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who said on November 29, 2016: "The Russian space industry has made a significant breakthrough in the creation of advanced technologies after overcoming a series of defeats, hurtful accidents and catastrophes and…
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Surprising problems during MS-04 mission – Progress lost !

Mission of the Progress MS-04 showed, that even routine mission could bring unpredicted problems. Mission was planned as regular supply flight with fourth from the latest generation of Progress cargo spacecrafts combined with proven and reliable Soyuz-U rocket. Launch was scheduled to be conducted from legendary Gagarin’s Start (Launch Site 5/1) at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Soyuz-U…
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