NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin were successfully landed aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 0305 GMT on 16 March near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan. The landing took place a day late after a snow storm had delayed their landing from the day before. Even on the landing day, snow made it difficult for some of the rescue helicopters to reach the capsule. The night previously, the capsule had undocked from the International Space Station at 2343 GMT on 15 March.
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After NASA found it could no longer offer launches for the ExoMars mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) approached Russia for help. As a result of long running discussions, on 14 March the ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Head of Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin have signed a formal agreement for their respective agencies to work in partnership on the ExoMars programme towards the launch of two missions: one to be launched in January 2016, and one to be launched in 2018.
Russian communications satellites were, for a time, stable but out of direct command of their ground controllers after a communicatons cable had been severed during roadwork son 14 November. The roadworks had been on the Shchyolkovsky Highway outside Moscow and cut the line to Roscosmos mission control centre at Korolyov near Moscow. According to Russian media sources, the Russian Space agency, Roscosmos indicated that the cable has been repaired by the following day and communications restored. Apart from one module being affected, the International Space Station was not cut off as the Russian Control Centre was able to communicate with the station by using US systems.
The Minister of State for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP used the Farnborough International Air Show to announce the new ‘Civil Space Strategy’ setting out the direction for the UK space sector over the next four years. With the UK space sector growing at 7.5% growth remains the aim for the UK Space Agency. Other space agencies were taking note. The Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, said that he was learning from the United Kingdom with respect to “taking competitive lessons” adding that it was the “right time for ESA to go for competitiveness and growth”.
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has, via a spokesperson, indicated his displeasure at the public spat between senior executives involved in the Russian space programme noting the damage it could do to Russia’s space industry. This was after the head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, used a media interview with Izvestia to refute media allegations that his recently incurred minor head injuries were sustained either in a drunken fall or brawl at a party, and his critics had called for his resignation.
Mexico has begun preparations to construct its own 30-hectare space center on the Yucatan peninsula for the country’s space agency that was created in 2008
Russia Today has provided an English language version of this Russia 24 news channel report about the country’s new Advanced Crew Vehicle and how it could be used to go to the Moon. Interestingly the first unmanned flight of ACV was given as 2015 but the first manned flight was stated as 2018, later than previously stated and quite a gap. Why not launch in 2016? Perhaps the 2015 flight will not use the Rus-M rocket that is designated as the launcher for ACV? Is Rus-M the long pole in Russia’s manned spaceflight plans?
This video from Russian news channel Russia 24 has CGI video of the country’s proposed Advanced Crew Vehicle (ACV) that would be launched by the new Rus-M rocket. In the video ACV is launched by a rocket that looks different to previous Rus-M designs seen and the crew vehicle flies to the International Space Station and lands using its retro-rockets and landing gear and without any parachutes
Anatoly Perminov head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) speaks today, the 49th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, to the Russia 24 news channel. For those of you who can’t speak Russian he tells tham that people could fly to Mars as early as 2020 and that Russian scientists are developing a nuclear energy source that could reduce the travel time to the Red planet by 20 times
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