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NOK-200402 Cosmonautics News N2 2004 magazine
ISS Main Expedition Eight Mission Chronicle: December 2003
Jubilee Session of'Plasma Crystal1 Began with Leak
Success at Last!
Training Equipment Fails
Fate Strikes Station
Happy New Year!
News Conference at the Treshold of New Year
First Private Rocket Ship Passed Sound Barrier
Two New Satellites for NRO
First Launch of Strela Launch Vehicle
A satellite mockup of 978 kiiogmms orbits Earth as the result of the first launch ofNPO Mashinostroyeniya's Strela launch vehicle. Igor Afanasyev has the details.
Europeans Like Rockot
Sea Launch News
First Glonass-M Launched
Glonass-M is a modernized version of old Uragan/Glonass satellite with 7 years lifetime developed and produced by NPO PM in Zheleznogorsk.
The Last UFO
Military Don't Leave Baykonur
Russian Space Forces Commander Anatoliy Perminov stated that military programs would continue at Baykonur in foreseeable future.
One More Orbital Navigator
Geostationary Mission of Soyuz
AMOS-2 in Orbit
A decision to use Soyuz-Fregat instead ofAriane 5 was made only six months before the launch of AMOS-2. And for the first time in more than 40 years, a geostationary payload was launched onboard a Semyorka family vehicle.
Express AM22 - Russian communications satellite of new generation
The Express AM series being built by NPO PM bases on 40 years of experience of continual development of comsats. It features 28 transponders built by Alcatel Space and 12 years of service life.
First Double Star in Orbit
Martian Armada-2003: First Successes, First Losses
Of the three spacecraft that arrived to Mars in December, only Mars Express continues without a hitch. Japanese Nozomi failed, and British Beagle 2 missed in action.
Messenger's Instruments to Get More Tests
End of the Ice Age on Mars?
Satellites Don Mission Ended
Contrary to media reports, intended or accidental explosion of one descent capsule of eight was the only problem in the flight of Kosmos 2399.
25 Years of Russian Ham Satellites (Part 2)
After the first three amateur satellites launched in 1978,18 more pay-loads built in Russia reached orbit and many of them worked for years.
Transponders for Express MD
Last DSCS Put into Operation
Attention: Space Advertisement!
Flight Test of University Rocket with Aerospike
Light Vehicles for U.S. Military
Test Fire of Indian Liquid Engine
New Composite Hydrogene Tank
Soyuz-2 to Start from Baykonur
In November, work started on modifying Area 31 facilities at Baykonur for the new version of Soyuz launch vehicle. 0KB Vympel plans to finish upgrades by mid-2005.
Reconstruction of Cosmodromes:
Canaveral and Vandenberg Being Prepared for New Rockets Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Frolov
Ye.A.Frolov who was manager of Vostok and Voskhod spacecraft development died on December 23.
Space Budget of Russia-2004
In 2004, Rosaviakosmos would receive 23.1 billion Roubles, 54.5 per cents more than in 2003. Of these, 3.6 billion is for the lease of Baykonur, 3.0 billion for infrastructure support and spacecraft and launch vehicle acquisitions, 7.9 billion for R&D, 5.8 billion for basic research including space science, 2.5 billion for construction, and 3.0 billion for aviation.
Arianespace: Tough Year, New Hopes
New Director for GNPRKTs TsSKB-Progress
In December, Aleksandr Kirilin was introduced as new General Director of the TsSKB-Progress Space Center in Samara. Gennadiy Anshakov is expected to be named General Designer of the firm, and its founder Dmitriy Ilyich Kozlov continues as General
On Chinese Piloted Cosmonautics
A.Rodin presents a comprehensive review of organization of the PRCs piloted space program based on Chinese sources specially for Novosti Kosmonavtiki.
Modernization of the Ground Segment of GPKS
Leader of Boeing Replaced
Solid Rocket Engines of ATK
Europe - Russia: Results and Plans
Cosmonauts - Members of Russian State Duma
Yelena Kondakova, Svetlana Savitskaya and Vitaliy Sevastyanov has been re-elected into Russian Parliament on December 7.
Space Philately in 2003
Spitzer Infrared Telescope: First Images
Europa United (Part 1)
Heroes of Yesterday. 1966-2001: Prognoses and Reality
Experts grossly missed trying to prognose future of spaceflight back in the 1960s. Is it time to try again? "And He Created the Heaven and the Earth" 35 years since Apollo 8
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