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MLM (PR people call it Nauka) now stands tall and no one will have me believe that it cannot change into some kind of #transformers robot. #MissionAlpha
The new module is not only additional living space, but also an elaborate laboratory complex. There are 14 workplaces inside the module and 16 outside to accommodate the equipment.

The # Science module provides more than 30 new experiments:

View: https://twitter.com/roscosmos/status/1434277592215867393
 

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All those problems are a bit scary. Personally, I wouldn't be able to enjoy my rest time if I was up there with that thing connected to the ISS.
I wonder what's their actual take on the situation.
 

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All those problems are a bit scary. Personally, I wouldn't be able to enjoy my rest time if I was up there with that thing connected to the ISS.
I wonder what's their actual take on the situation.
Apparently the Russians seem to think their segment of ISS is good up until around 2025, and after that it becomes more difficult.
 

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That`s hilarious to hear that. Russian space agency is so weak that it makes less launches than Space X per year. I don`t even mention about the space technology they have. And now they are claiming that Russia wants to send its own mission to Venus. The chief of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin doesn`t wanna stop making funny statements.
Regarding funny statements the same thing can be said about Musk he is the reason why youtube users like thunderf00t is near 1 million subscribers. Roscosmos has only recently made less launches with the latest versions of Falcon-9 I agree.

If I remember the all the recent news made correctly.

  1. The angara-5M costs 57 million dollars per launch expected in 2024.
  2. Amur costs 22 million dollars with methane engines that re-usable to 300 times for 2026.
  3. New upper stage kerosene engines going from a 300 second to 3000 second burn time based on closed circuit technology, also there are parachute tests being conducted in 2024 for upperstage engines and the orel aircraft if a I remember correctly which means these engines can be re-used 10 times without any refueling just using the same fuel where you can multiply the costs by the amount of kerosene by 1/10th the amount you will get cheaper fuel costs than any methane fuel engine. Also if you are testing with parachutes than this idea is still cheaper than current re-usable rockets that use half the fuel for payload to orbit and half the other fuel to re-land.
  4. detonation engine testing.
  5. nuclear reactors with MPD thrusters.
Musk states 1000 times re-usability on starship so I wonder if those few explosions made back in testing count or not? I will let the rockets do the talking if Falcon launches still get more purchases after the two rockets mentioned in point 1 and 2 are in service than I consider them the real deal, if they dont than it is only natural that they come up with new designs to beat the recent designs. But I have no idea where they stand for all 5 points mentioned. Assuming Amur and Angara-5M dont get delayed that is still a pretty fast time frame for new rocket engine designs to replace their own existing designs.

Although what is making me currently nervous on US attempts to Mars is the methane engine approach while Roscosmos is already aware of our approach based on a 2018 interview and they seem to be no strangers in methane re-usable rocket technology by how fast they whipped up the Amur design. But they still considered using electric engines with nuclear reactors as their cheap approach for interplanetary travel to distant planets. Rogozin states if they had the funding for a Mars manned mission it would take them 8-10 years, Sergei Krikalyov states in the late 2030s and KB Arsenal was said to introduce a such an expedition in 2030-2033 https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/138602/. Space X has yet to launch starship to orbit, give a payload I suppose to orbit, making two starships dock successfully than land them on Mars, bring and land equipment there to mine for fuel. while a nuclear reactor with electric engines approach sounds more simplistic with less steps. Some of Space X steps can take as long as the Tesla self driving cars in 2014 which I think we are still waiting for this day to happen? NASA lands rover with a drone in Mars, Roscosmos wants to fly a helicopter drone project in the most hellish planets like Venus. I currently cant say where the U.S. space agencies stand but I would take Roscosmos as a more serious adversary than Blue Origins considering they can receive more funding from the state based on oil and gasline projects or the Chinese to be more creative than they already are.

Overall respect to Musk for still replacing the existing Soyuz rockets with a new method that Roscomos themselves decide to apply it to stay competitive in the market.
 
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ISS prepares for re-docking of Russian spacecraft

09/16/2021 11:00

In accordance with the Russian flight program of the International Space Station, on September 28, 2021, it is planned to re-dock the Soyuz MS-18 manned transport vehicle from the Rassvet small research module to the newly arrived multipurpose laboratory module Nauka.

According to preliminary data from the Main Operational Control Group of the Russian Segment of the ISS (Rocket and Space Corporation Energia named after SP Korolev, part of the State Corporation Roscosmos), the estimated separation time of the spacecraft is 15:21 Moscow time, the autonomous flight will be preliminarily 40 minutes. Re-docking will be carried out in manual mode by the spacecraft commander, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky with the participation of flight engineers - Roscosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai.

This operation will be carried out in order to release the docking station of the Rassvet module, to which the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft is to dock on October 5, 2021, as well as to check the operation of the docking equipment of the multipurpose laboratory module, which became part of the Russian segment of the station at the end July. For this, first of all, the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft will be docked to Nauka, and then the Progress MS-17 cargo vehicle. It is he who will prepare the International Space Station for the reception of the new "Prichal" nodal module. From July 2, 2021 to the present, the Russian "truck" is docked to the small research module "Poisk"; it is scheduled to undock on October 21. After two days of autonomous flight, as expected, it will automatically dock to the nadir node of the Nauka module.

Now, at the docking port of the Nauka module, there is a special adapter (ring-pad), which allows the Russian Soyuz MS and Progress MS spacecraft to dock, so the Progress MS-17 cargo vehicle will take it away with it upon final undocking. with the station. After such a two-stage check, the Prichal module will be docked to the docking station, which is scheduled to launch at the end of November this year.

In the near future, the crew of the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft will conduct an onboard training for the upcoming operation. Oleg Novitsky, Petr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hai, together with the specialists of the Main Operational Control Group, will work out the preparation steps and the redocking sequence itself. As part of a three-hour training session, they will work out the planned work and check the condition of the equipment, in step-by-step consultations with Russian specialists on Earth.

Currently, there are seven crew members on board the International Space Station: Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Petr Dubrov, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Tom Peske, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, as well as space flight participants - actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko are to arrive on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.

 

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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Roscosmos has offered proposals for rescuing the crew in case of possible emergencies during the launch of the new generation piloted transport ship (PTK NP) Orel from the Vostochny spaceport, the state corporation's report for 2020 reads.
According to the document, last year "the development of proposals and recommendations" was conducted on the creation of a search and rescue system for astronauts during manned launches from the Vostochny spaceport in case of possible emergencies on the launch routes in the waters of the Okhotsk Sea and the Pacific Ocean."
The piloted transport ship Orel is being built in Russia to be used in the lunar program, the first unmanned flight is scheduled for 2023 from the Vostochny spaceport, the first manned flight is planned in 2025, and from 2028 it is planned to begin flights to the Moon on it.
 

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Dear friends! I'm very sorry, but according to the list of data published by FSB yesterday, which, if transferred to the foreign citizens, can be used against the security of Russia, almost every information about the Russian space activities is forbidden for publication.

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The person, who shares this information with foreign citizens, can receive a status of a foreign agent. The themes related to Roscosmos are: its financial condition, its problems and plans, the technical condition of space rockets and ground infrastructure, innovations etc.

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They make exception for covering scientific, joint or fully civilian space missions, but in Russia, civilian and military cosmonautics are very close, so you never know if you have stepped on a minefield. This means, I won't be able to cover Russian space activities for you yet.

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The development of a super-heavy rocket in Russia was suspended, mainly for financial reasons, said the head of the flight of the Russian segment ISS, General Designer of the Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) "Energia" Vladimir Solovyov.
"It's insanely expensive. They began to count, figured - hundreds of billions of trillions are obtained. The Minister of Finance does not understand this," he said at a scientific session at the Space Research Institute (IKI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Earlier, the general director of the Samara Rocket and Space Center (RCC) "Progress" Dmitry Baranov told RIA Novosti that the company suspended the development of the technical project of a super-heavy class rocket, not ruling out that work could resume after clarifying the program.

Later chapter "Roscosmos" Dmitry Rogozin stated that a super-heavy rocket for flights on Moon in the previous form will not be created, and the funds will be directed to the creation of methane technologies, on the basis of which a new rocket will be built in the future.


If someone was to ask me how would I summarize every space company's bad aspect with one sentence, it would be simple.

Roscosmos: Lets create an amazing idea, than say were too broke for this shit later( Rogozin state how the current version of Yenisei would be 4 times cheaper than SLS but because of financial issues than they withdrawn from the project for methane engines, have confidence in the nuklon idea for being cheap and backed by rogozin/putin, wont come as a surprise that ROSS becomes too expensive)

NASA: Too woke for me to enjoy(I know better not to discuss politics on this board by not going any further into elaborating that sentence into further details but I do miss the apollo days)

Space X: Fake it till you make it( supersonic vertical take off chairs, tesla trucks although being promised to be better than trunks seems to be debunked about battery sizes needed, Self driving cars in 2014, underground tunnels for fast moving self driving teslas for said time estimate although the Vegas tunnel makes a great homeless shelter at the moment, etc. There is no way that fans are not nervous about some of his space project proposals)

William shatner in space, sending a TV crew to space, sending civilians to space.....Sadly all the fun space events wont show up until the upper 2020s to mid 2030 dates.


MOSCOW, October 5. / TASS /. The Luna-25 automatic station will be launched in July, while the Russian-European ExoMars mission - in September 2022, Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin told the Channel One Russia.

"Next year, in July, we are planning a mission to the Moon (Luna-25). <...> And a nine-month mission to Mars (ExoMars) is scheduled on September," Rogozin said.

Earlier, the Roscosmos’ press service reported that the launch of Luna-25 was postponed from October 2021 to May 2022. Rogozin noted that the launch window opened in May and ended in October.

The automatic station will become Russia’s first domestic device on a natural satellite of the Earth. The Luna-26 mission is to be launched in 2024, Luna-27 - in 2025, and Luna-28 - in 2027-2028.

The start of the second half of the ExoMars mission was scheduled for 2018, however, it was postponed to 2020 and 2022. The Proton-M launch vehicle with the Briz-M upper stage are likely to be used for the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
 

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Pshh... reminds me when we tried to fool everyone into thinking one of our recent spy satellites was destroyed in transit. I dont believe it one bit.

It is disappointing about the russian heavy becoming vaporware. That said, the nuklon is certainly a brilliant idea. I can imagine angara sending up large loads up to be ferried with this happening multiple times. This technology would allow the creations of space stations around the moon and mars as well as sending down habitats to the surface of the moon. But ruskies take for effing ever dangit. We need to develop this space ferry system further here in America. The whole Elon Musk bugs bunny carrot rocket stuff, landing vertically here and there. Not sure about it.
 

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Pshh... reminds me when we tried to fool everyone into thinking one of our recent spy satellites was destroyed in transit. I dont believe it one bit.

It is disappointing about the russian heavy becoming vaporware. That said, the nuklon is certainly a brilliant idea. I can imagine angara sending up large loads up to be ferried with this happening multiple times. This technology would allow the creations of space stations around the moon and mars as well as sending down habitats to the surface of the moon. But ruskies take for effing ever dangit. We need to develop this space ferry system further here in America. The whole Elon Musk bugs bunny carrot rocket stuff, landing vertically here and there. Not sure about it.

I mean there is some faith in Starship for example his biggest critic thunderf00t has a youtube channel with nearly 1 million subscribers with content that bashes Musks ideas but has not bashed his idea of the Sabatier Process which he should be very familiar with since he has a Phd in chemistry which I consider as a huge plus.
 

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Pshh... reminds me when we tried to fool everyone into thinking one of our recent spy satellites was destroyed in transit. I dont believe it one bit.

It is disappointing about the russian heavy becoming vaporware. That said, the nuklon is certainly a brilliant idea. I can imagine angara sending up large loads up to be ferried with this happening multiple times. This technology would allow the creations of space stations around the moon and mars as well as sending down habitats to the surface of the moon. But ruskies take for effing ever dangit. We need to develop this space ferry system further here in America. The whole Elon Musk bugs bunny carrot rocket stuff, landing vertically here and there. Not sure about it.

I mean there is some faith in Starship for example his biggest critic thunderf00t has a youtube channel with nearly 1 million subscribers with content that bashes Musks ideas but has not bashed his idea of the Sabatier Process which he should be very familiar with since he has a Phd in chemistry which I consider as a huge plus.
There’s a whole channel on YT just dedicated to bashing him, I wish I could say I was surprised these days.
 

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The arrival of the MLM module this summer opened up new photographic ... and photogenic possibilities. New perspectives: the MLM module towering over the ground is a picture we couldn't take during my last mission. It almost gives me vertigo!

View: https://twitter.com/Thom_astro/status/1448201998986252293

For me, the 65th expedition to the International @Space_Station is the most intense in all three orbital flights.

Today, I want to share with you the footage of the re-docking of the #SoyuzMS18 spacecraft from the Rassvet module to the #Nauka module.

View: https://twitter.com/novitskiy_iss/status/1448270674158620672
 

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The International Space Station was unexpectedly tilted on Friday after a test firing of thrusters on Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft continued longer than expected. First reported by the New York Times, the personnel aboard the ISS were never in danger according to a statement from Russia’s Roscosmos space agency.

Ground teams for NASA and Roscosmos were able to regain control of the station about 30 minutes after it lost positioning control at 5:13AM ET. But it’s the second such incident aboard the ISS within the past year, and it occurred with a craft that is supposed to return to Earth early Sunday morning.
 

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The preflight testing phase of the Progress M-UM transport cargo module with the Prichal node module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station continues at the Baikonur Cosmodrome technical complex.

After completing the technological operations to assemble Progress M-UM spacecraft as part of the instrument and equipment compartment, transient spacer and Prichal module, specialists from Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) conducted an external inspection of the spacecraft installed in the dynamic test facility of Assembly and Test Building Site 254.

From October 11, 2021 the spacecraft underwent a series of onboard systems checks and a launch-readiness check set using the ground-based equipment of the automated test facility. Today, on October 20, 2021, in accordance with the schedule of regular training a cycle of autonomous tests of the ship took place in an anechoic zone, assembled of radio absorbing screens to test the onboard radio system for rendezvous and docking "Course-NA" in conditions simulating the physical environment of outer space.

Universal node module Prichal, developed and produced by S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, is intended to expand technical and operational capabilities of the Russian segment of the ISS. The Prichal UM is planned to be launched using Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle in November 2021.
 

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