Roscosmos Eyes Crewed Flights from French Guiana, Seeks Partners for Lunar Base with China

A Soyuz-2 launches the CSO-2 defense satellite on Dec. 29, 2020. (Credit: Arianespace)
  • Roscosmos head discussed launching cosmonauts from Kourou with French counterpart
  • Russian-Chinese lunar south pole base is rival to planned U.S. facility
  • Russia to begin design work on new Earth orbiting station by late summer

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Roscosmos is exploring the possibility of launching spacecraft from the Guiana Space Centre in South America that would carry cosmonauts to the new Chinese space station and a base that Russia and China plan to build at the lunar south pole, according to media reports. Russia is also beginning work on a new Earth orbiting space station.

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NASA Administrator Statement on Meeting with Roscosmos

Bill Nelson

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released the following statement after an introductory call Friday with Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin:

“I was pleased to speak with General Director Dimitry Rogozin this morning in a productive discussion about continued cooperation between NASA and Roscosmos.

“For more than 20 years, NASA astronauts and Roscosmos cosmonauts have lived and worked together on the International Space Station – a success story that has yielded countless discoveries and enabled research not possible on Earth for the benefit of humanity. NASA is committed to continuing that very effective ISS partnership.

“I look forward to future discussions with General Director Rogozin and participating virtually with him at the upcoming Global Space Exploration Conference.”

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Roscosmos, Rosatom, Rostelecom and Gazprom Neft will develop the Russian IT solutions market

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Roscosmos PR) — At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Roscosmos State Corporation, Rosatom State Corporation, Rostelecom and Gazprom Neft approved a memorandum of cooperation in order to create an Association of the largest consumers of software and equipment. The document was signed by Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Roscosmos State Corporation, Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation, Mikhail Oseevsky, President of Rostelecom, and Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Gazprom Neft Management Board. Cooperation of the largest technology companies from various industries is aimed at developing the Russian IT solutions market.

The Association will unite the efforts of partners in interaction with government regulators, software developers and equipment suppliers. In addition, the participants will work on the formation of requirements for software and technologies, help manufacturers to improve products and increase their competitiveness.

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Dmitry Rogozin had Telephone Conversation with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On Friday, June 4, 2021, Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Roscosmos State Corporation, had a telephone conversation with the newly appointed NASA administrator Bill Nelson. The main topic of the conversation was the continuation of Russian-American cooperation in the field of space, primarily within the framework of the International Space Station program.

During the conversation, the head of NASA positively assessed the bilateral interaction in space, which began with the docking in the framework of the Soyuz-Apollo program in 1975, and also announced his intention to extend the operation of the ISS while ensuring the necessary government funding until 2030. Supporting the head of NASA, Dmitry Rogozin noted the full fulfillment of the obligations by the Russian side to maintain the operation of the ISS and spoke about plans for the development of the Russian segment of the stations.

At the same time, the head of Roscosmos put before his interlocutor a number of questions previously initiated by the American side, which significantly complicate interaction. First of all, we are talking about the sanctions imposed by the American administration against the enterprises of the Russian space industry, and the absence in Roscosmos of official information from American partners about plans for the management and further use of the ISS.

In addition, Dmitry Rogozin put forward a number of initiatives to organize Russian-American cooperation in the field of fundamental space research. The leaders agreed to intensify negotiations in all areas, including in the format of personal meetings. Until the end of June 2021, Russian-American talks are planned at the expert level, including within the framework of the GLEX 2021 conference. The head of Roscosmos also invited Nelson to come to Russia. The invitation was accepted.

Rogozin: Russia to Gradually Withdraw from International Space Station Starting in 2025

The International Space Station, photographed by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli following the undocking of his Soyuz-TMA on 23 May 2011. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

Roscomos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said Russia’s withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS) will be a gradual one. TASS reports:

“Work is already underway on the first basic module for the new Russian orbital service station. The Energia Space Rocket Corporation has been set the task of ensuring its readiness for the launch into the designated orbit in 2025,” Rogozin wrote in his Telegram channel.

The Roscosmos chief also posted a video of the first module under construction: this will be a research and power unit that was previously intended for its launch to the International Space Station in 2024….

“There is no talk about dumping the ISS in 2025. We are talking about our gradual exit from this project and creating a new national orbital service station,” the Roscosmos chief wrote on his Facebook, responding to a user’s comment.

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Russia Marks 60th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin Flight

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin congratulates all the Russian rocket and space industry and related industries’ employees on Cosmonautics Day!

Russia not only looks back to the past, but also focuses on the future, while being on the verge of important changes in the space industry, Dmitry Rogozin said.

‘Today our industry is not only celebrating the anniversary and remembering the past, we also focus on the future, we are on the verge of very important changes in our industry,’ said Dmitry Rogozin.

Head of Roscosmos stressed that the Russian Federation expects transition to new rocket and space technology, the beginning of lunar research – starting with automatic stations and continued by cosmonaut crews. According to Rogozin, the space industry sees tremendous opportunities for international cooperation, while the technologies demonstrated speak in favor of the fact that ‘many people want to be friends and work with the Russian Federation’.

‘We believe in our space, in Russian space. We believe that the industry is capable of solving all the tasks set by the president and our people,’ Dmitry Rogozin added.

Head of Roscosmos also recalled that the first manned flight into space was completed despite the colossal human and material losses during the Great Patriotic War.

“This indicates that not everything is due to the circumstances, a lot depends on people, their will and professionalism, on their focus on achieving results,’ he concluded.

Indian Cosmonaut Candidates Complete Training Program in Russia

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos, on March 22, 2021, held a meeting with Indian cosmonauts candidates who successfully completed general space training in Russia. The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Mr. D.B. Venkatesh Varma, and representatives of subsidiaries of the State Corporation Roscosmos, who took part in the training of Indian candidates for cosmonauts.

The Indian ambassador thanked Rogozin for supporting the training program for Indian cosmonauts. The contract for the training of Indian candidates for space flight between the Glavkosmos company (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) and the Manned Space Flight Center of the Indian Space Research Organization was signed on June 27, 2019. Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yu.A. Gagarin on February 10, 2020 began the planned training of Indian astronaut candidates.

The entire process of preparation and training took place on the territory of Russia and included a number of elements necessary for future cosmonauts, such as medical and physical training, studying the Russian language, studying the design, layout and systems of the Soyuz transport manned spacecraft.

Scrubbed Soyuz Launch Rescheduled for Monday

Soyuz 2 rocket on the launch pad.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — At the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 20, 2021, a meeting of the commission was held, during which the results of tests of the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket were considered after a technical malfunction revealed this morning. After hearing the reports of the work supervisors, the members of the commission decided to launch the launch on the morning of Monday, March 22, 2021.

Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos : “At Baikonur, the State Commission decided to repeat on March 21 the checks of the Launch Readiness Control Set (LCC) mode of the Fregat upper stage. If the results of the KNSG regime are positive, the launch is scheduled for Monday, March 22.”

As part of the first commercial launch of the Glavkosmos Launch Services, the South Korean spacecraft for remote sensing of the Earth CAS500-1, the apparatus for removing space debris ELSA-d and satellites for remote sensing of the Earth GRUS from Japan, a small spacecraft of Saudi Arabia for Earth imaging and communications NAJM-1, communications satellites of the Technical University of Berlin.

In addition, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage will launch the first satellite of the Higher School of Economics ERS, the CubeSat of the Sirius Educational Center and the Higher School of Economics, as well as the Orbikraft-Zorky satellite of the Russian company Sputniks and others. A total of 38 spacecraft from 18 countries will be launched into orbit.

Russia, China Sign MOU on Creating International Lunar Station

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of Roscosmos State Corporation, and Kejian Zhang, Head of the China National Space Administration, on March 9, 2021, by videoconference, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the governments of Russia and China between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in the creation of the International Scientific Lunar station (MNLS).

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Rogozin Says 29 Launches, Lunar Lander & New ISS Modules on the Manifest for 2021

Vladimir Putin receives a briefing from Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: Office of the Russian President)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin reported to President Vladimir Putin on the corporation’s performance in 2020 and plans for the near term.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Rogozin, let us have an in-depth discussion on the corporation’s performance in 2020. The issues we will discuss include carrier rocket launches, the state of the orbital group, your plans, fundamental space research, and, of course, the financial indicators. Please, go ahead. 

General Director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin: Mr. President, last year we posted good results overall. For a second year running since 1993, there were no accidents. This is certainly a positive indicator – I hope we will continue in the same manner – of improved discipline in the sector as a whole and the reliability of our rocket and space technology.

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Orbital Space Tourism is Back, Baby! And on Steroids

The Axiom Space Ax-1 crew: former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, Canadian businessman Mark Pathy, American investor Larry Connor, and Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe. (Credit: Axiom Space)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

NewSpacers of the world, rejoice! After a 12-year gap, orbital space tourism is back! And it’s bigger and more expensive than ever. The only bad news: Maverick will stay grounded — at least for now.

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Dmitry Rogozin Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year, Looks Toward Busy 2021

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos Director General, wishes a Happy New Year!

“We see off this year and welcome 2021 with high hopes. We hope that the Vostochny Cosmodrome will start operating at full capacity,” Rogozin said.

In 2021, Roscosmos expects to ensure the new Nauka orbital module launch to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and send the Luna-25 automatic interplanetary station from the Vostochny Cosmodrome to Earth’s natural satellite.

According to the head of Roscosmos, 2020 was a difficult year for the Russian rocket and space industry due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in the world and Russia in particular.

“Nevertheless, Russia’s rocket and space industry worked uninterrupted. We ensured all our planned launches, including crewed launches from Baikonur,” Rogozin noted.

Next year, apart from Luna-25, Roscosmos plans to carry out about six launches of the British OneWeb communications satellites from Vostochny. In 2020, only one rocket launch took place from this cosmodrome – on December 18, 36 spacecraft of the OneWeb satellite company went into orbit.

In total, in 2020, Roscosmos conducted 17 launches of space rockets from the Baikonur, Plesetsk, Vostochny and Guiana spaceports.

Rogozin Furious Over U.S. Sanctions on TsNIIMash, RSC Progress

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin is protesting the inclusion of Russian Mission Control operator TsNIIMash and Soyuz rocket manufacturer RSC Progress on a list of 103 Russian, Chinese and Venezuelan companies sanctioned by the U.S. government due to their connections to the defense sectors of their home nations.

“The [Military End User] List informs exporters, reexporters, and transferors that a license will be required to export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) designated items to listed entities,” the Commerce Department said in a press release.

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Russian Space Facilities Director Fired in Continued Shakeup Related to Vostochny

Ruslan Mukhamedzhanov (Credit: Roscomsos)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The previously reprimanded head of the Russian company that oversees Russia’s ground-based space infrastructure has been fired in a continuing shakeup related to schedule delays and alleged corruption at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

The Board of Directors of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities (TsENKI) voted to relieve General Director Andrei Okhlopkov from his post beginning on Nov. 27. A month earlier, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin had reprimanded him during a visit to Vostochmy.

Okhlopkov had been the head of TsENKI since June 2018. The board replaced him with Ruslan Mukhamedzhanov, a 20-year TsENKI employee who most recently headed up the company’s Barmin Research Institute of Launch Complexes.

TsENKI is responsible for the creation of ground space infrastructure and manages Russian cosmodromes. The company, which is part of Roscosmos, employs more than 12,000 people.

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