Contents tagged with Soyuz

  • Head of Russian Space Agency: cause of hole in Soyuz spacecraft to be kept secret

    Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said that the agency has figured out how a hole appeared in the lining of its Soyuz-MS-09 spacecraft, but that this information will not be publicized.

    “We have taken all the samples. What happened is clear to all of us, but we won’t tell you anything,” Rogozin said at the Youth Orbit conference in Russia.

    “We need to have some secrets,” RIA Novosti cites the director as saying.

    Rogozin also added that the compartment where the …

  • Russian spacecraft fails to dock with International Space Station

    On August 24, the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-14, with a humanoid robot on board, was supposed to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) at 8:30 (Moscow time) but could not do it and significantly moved away from the docking site, reports Interfax.

    Piloted spacecraft Soyuz MS-14 with the robot FEDOR on board was expected to dock to the ISS on Saturday morning, but at the appointed time it was at 96 meters from the station. Then the spacecraft flew around the ISS and stopped in front of …

  • Europe to abandon Russian Soyuz launch vehicles

    By 2023, Europe plans to stop using Russian Soyuz-ST launch vehicles for launches from the Kourou Space Center, RIA Novosti news agency reports with reference to a source in the European space industry.

    According to the source, Europeans will replace the Soyuz with their own carrier rocket, Ariane 6 that has two lateral accelerators. The source of RIA Novosti reports that the first launch of Ariane 6 is scheduled for July 16, 2020. The launch could be postponed for a year, and given the …

  • Russian Soyuz rocket fails to launch again

    The launch of the Soyuz 2.1A carrier rocket with the Progress MS-08 transport cargo vehicle was postponed to its reserve date, February 13. During its scheduled launch attempt, the engine shut down automatically, for reasons that are still being investigated. This was reported to RBC by the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

    The launch was supposed to take place at the Baikonur launch site. An interlocutor of TASS said that the launch was postponed due to a conflict …