Saturday, December 28, 2013

More modern "Soyuz" rocket manages finally into space - Spiegel Online

Moscow – After numerous failures in the test phase, a new Russian carrier rocket has completed a successful maiden flight. With the modern “Soyuz” model that can bring loads up to 2800 kg into orbit, Russia will continue to earn in the commercial space as the transport of satellites more money.

The rocket was launched on Saturday in a near-earth orbit from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia from, said the Defense Ministry in Moscow with the agency Itar-Tass, according to. The military has classified as top secret development of the “Soyuz-2.1W”, so there was no moving images from the start -. Unlike, say, on missions from the famous Baikonur Cosmodrome

its maiden flight, the lighter launcher brought the about 39-kilogram satellite “Aist” (“Stork”) by students of the Volga city of Samara in orbit. Originally, the “Soyuz-2.1W” should start in late 2012. But technical problems such as an oxygen leak or an icy valve delayed the project considerably.

The Russian space Roskosmos had suffered a series of setbacks in recent years. Finally, a Proton-M rocket had exploded with three navigation satellites on board shortly after taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in July. A commission came to the conclusion that a sensor block was installed incorrectly. In the spring of Russia had lost a communications satellite.

Two quick change at Roscosmos

In October, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin dismissed. For successor Medvedev appointed the former deputy defense Oleg Ostapenko, as the Russian television reported. The 56-year-old completed the majority of his career in the space sector of the armed forces.

It was the second change at the head of the Russian space within two and a half years. The previous head of Roskosmos, Anatoly Perminov, was in April 2011 into early retirement. Unofficially, the head of the Russian Space Agency had been fired but probably also due to several mishaps.


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