SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'safe enough' to fly Russian cosmonauts, Roscosmos chief says
Russian cosmonauts will be allowed to fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon space capsule in the future as the technology has now proved to be sufficiently safe and reliable, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.space.com
Russia to launch new International Space Station module
The long-delayed Russian module for the International Space Station is set to be finally launched this month, but the date has been pushed back several days, the head of the country's space corporation said Thursday. Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter that the Nauka (Science) module is now scheduled to be launched from the Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan on July 21. The launch of Nauka, also called Multipurpose Laboratory Module, has been repeatedly delayed because of technical problems.news.yahoo.com
China, Russia agree to build lunar research station
China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)BEIJING – China and Russia said they will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon's surface, marking the start of a new era in space cooperation between the two countries. A statement posted on the website of the China National Space Administration Wednesday said the International Lunar Research Station would also be open to use by other countries, but gave no timeline for its construction. Russia is a participant in the International Space Station but its space program has been somewhat eclipsed by those of China, the U.S., India and others. AdChina has planned four crewed missions this year to work on its first permanent orbiting space station, the core module of which could be launched as soon as next month.
Russia test-launches Angara A5 heavy lift space rocket
This photo taken on Dec. 14, 2020, and distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows, a test launch of a heavy-class carrier rocket Angara-A5 from the launch pad of site No. 35 of the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation at Plesetsk launch facility in the Arkhangelsk Region of northwestern Russia. The Angara-A5 is the prospective heavy-lift rocket that is expected to enter service in the following years. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)MOSCOW – Russia on Monday successfully test-launched its heavy lift Angara A5 space rocket for the second time, the country's military and space officials said. The rocket lifted off Monday morning from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwest Russia.
Russian space chief disses NASA's Artemis moon landing plans
The head of Russia's space agency criticized NASA's plans to return to the moon of being "too U.S.-centric" as the heads of seven space agencies met virtually at the 71st International Astronautical Congress. "In our view, the lunar Gateway in its current form is too U.S.-centric," Rogozin said at the virtual meeting, through an interpreter. The Gateway is a lunar orbit space station meant as an outpost for visits to the lunar surface by astronauts. Related: Europe will help build NASA's moon-orbiting Gateway space stationRogozin did not completely close the door on the Gateway, however, expressing the hope that the design of a docking module allows for visits. The ILRS is to be constructed across a similar timeline to that of NASA's crewed Artemis program.space.com
NASA's new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting and littering. The space agency released a set of guidelines Tuesday for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. Founding members include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with the rest of us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Europe's ExoMars rover launch delayed to 2022 due to parachute problems
The heads of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, have decided to postpone this year's launch of the ExoMars rover until 2022 due to technical issues. Related: Europe's ExoMars missions to Mars in picturesThe ExoMars parachute deployment sequence for the Rosalind Franklin rover. (Image credit: ESA)Named Rosalind Franklin, the ExoMars rover was scheduled to launch to the Red Planet in July. An artist's depiction of the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin. ESA and Roscosmos have delayed its launch from 2020 to 2022 due to parachute problems.space.com