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Zvezdichko
2009-Jan-30, 03:59 PM
Russia successfully launched Koronas-Foton today. It's one of the very few scientific mission of the country launched this decade. The launch of Koronas-Foton symbolizes the revival of the space program of Russia.

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5304

Swift
2009-Jan-30, 04:41 PM
Here's a news story (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/01/russian-tsyklon-3-bows-out-with-coronas-launch/) about the launch, in English.

Russia has launched its third satellite on a program for the study of the Sun and solar-terrestrial physics. The launch of Koronas-Foton took place at 13:30 UTC from the GIK-1 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in Arkhangelsk Oblast, about 800 km North of Moscow. This was the last launch of the venerable 11K68 Tsyklon-3 rocket

Zvezdichko
2009-Jan-30, 06:23 PM
Great!

By the way I'm surprised that the current space program of Russia is very open, compared to the former Soviet space program.

JonClarke
2009-Jan-30, 09:50 PM
Great!

By the way I'm surprised that the current space program of Russia is very open, compared to the former Soviet space program.

Not that surpising. A lot as changed.

loglo
2009-Feb-07, 05:02 PM
Not that surpising. A lot as changed.

Except their space science budget by the looks. :( It would be nice if some of their energy profits trickled down to their space industry.

JonClarke
2009-Feb-07, 09:23 PM
Except their space science budget by the looks. :( It would be nice if some of their energy profits trickled down to their space industry.

That has unforunately changed for the worst. But realistically for the past 18 years there have been higher priorities. Hopefully this mission, and Phobos Grunt, is a sign of a return to better times.

publiusr
2009-Feb-13, 10:18 PM
I hope so. I have always admired the Soviet-era chief designers. For the longest time, it was artillery men who did work on the pads. The USSR wisely keep pilots at arms length from design bureaux. Here in the USA, the United States Air Force has a history of interferance on matter space.

Russians would have none of this. They trained their pilots to know their role, sit down and enjoy the ride.

All the 'right stuff' nonsense--amounted to wrong decisions by NASA.

Zvezdichko
2009-Feb-27, 10:30 AM
http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5535

Russia publishes first images!!!

publiusr
2009-Feb-27, 07:14 PM
Congrats are due. My respects to fine scientists and engineers from Russia--a great country that will make voyages to the stars possible. Let's hope Angara 100 is on the horizon.

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/angara100.html
http://www.roscosmos.ru/index.asp?Lang=ENG

Zvezdichko
2009-Mar-03, 11:54 AM
http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/tesis_first_series.php

Tons of new images!

Zvezdichko
2009-Dec-18, 12:36 PM
Russia loses contact with Koronas-Foton


http://tesis.lebedev.ru/status.html

Russia has announced that Koronas-Foton no longer communicates with Earth since 11th December.

Engineers will try to communicate with the satellite on Monday because the solar batteries will be well lit then.

Disinfo Agent
2009-Dec-18, 07:19 PM
What a shame! How long was the mission meant to last? :(

Zvezdichko
2009-Dec-18, 07:24 PM
Three years.

I can't find a satisfactory answer why Russia has trouble with fulfilling its scientific missions.

Garrison
2009-Dec-18, 07:26 PM
Three years.

I can't find a satisfactory answer why Russia has trouble with fulfilling its scientific missions.

I fear the answer is budget, not enough of that oil money is making its way to their space program.

Zvezdichko
2009-Dec-18, 07:29 PM
Is this allowed to be discussed on this board? I have the feeling Russia still bears the disadvantages of central planning. Remember that even old Soviet missions were unreliable.