Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States


 12:48 p.m. Moscow Time

MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces again dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States.

“These statements are yet another attempt to find out the location of the space object after the United States has lost track of it,” Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

He reiterated that all Russian spacecraft function in normal regime and ground control services have steady control over them. No malfunctions have been reported in the past days, according to the spokesman.

No malfunctions have been reported in the past days, the spokesman said.

A spokesman for the US Strategic Command told RIA Novosti earlier in the day that the Russian reconnaissance satellite re-entered the atmosphere and crashed last week.

On September 3, the American Meteor Society revealed more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses who said they had seen a big fireball streaking across the sky. Website, dedicated to covering spaceflight events, assumed the fireball could have been Kosmos-2495 falling apart in the air.

Kosmos-2495, a member of the Yantar Russian satellite series, was launched on May 6, 2014, designed to operate on a low Earth orbit.


Ukraine did not make satellite images that security service revealed July 30

Results of a specific probe were made public at the website of Russian Defense Ministry

© ITAR-TASS/Russian Defense Ministry’s press service

MOSCOW, August 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Satellite imagery, which Ukrainian Security Service had made public on July 30, was modified and the Ukrainian side definitely did not make it.

Results of a specific probe were made public at the website of Russian Defense Ministry.

The results of a probe conducted by the Defense Ministry are available in Russian and English here.

“The quality and arguments, which Ukrainian Security Service produces today for accusations against Russia, do not stand any criticism,” Russian military agency said.

“Therefore, the real makers of these satellite images do not dare to make them public under their names to preserve the existing myth about the omnipotence of their space intelligence,” Defense Ministry said at its website. The ministry affirmed that “Ukrainian side did not definitely” make these satellite images.

 “This can be stated unequivocally that, according to the data of the Russian space control system, Ukrainian satellites Sich-1 and Sich-2 did not fly over mentioned territories from 6 am until 9 am GMT on July 12, 16, 17 and 18,” the expertise returns indicated. “At the time marked on the satellite images over the air crash zone U.S. electronic intelligence satellite KeyHole was flying. So, the source of satellite images for further Ukrainian Security Service processing did not raise any doubts.

Dnepr orbits Russia’s first private satellite and 32 foreign microsatellites

Dnepr orbits Russia’s first private satellite and 32 foreign microsatellites

YASNY LAUNCH SITE, June 20 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s first private remote sensing satellite TabletSat-Aurora and 32 foreign microsatellites were orbited by the Dnepr military conversion rocket on Thursday, June 19.

“All of the 33 satellites have separated from the rocket at the pre-set time and were put into their respective orbits,” Kosmotras, the launch operator, told ITAR-TASS.

All satellites separated from the third stage at 23:27 Moscow time within 22 seconds on the 16th minute after the lift-off at 23:11 Moscow time from the Yasny launch site in the Orenburg region, southern Urals.

Kosmotras was established in 1997 under Russian law. The company’s head office is located in Moscow, Russia. The primary area of Kosmotras’ business operations is linked to implementation of the Russian Programme for Elimination of the SS-18 Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles (ICMBs) that are being withdrawn from service and used in the Dnepr Space Launch System (SLS) for commercial orbital launches of payloads.

The Dnepr rocket conversion programme was initiated in the 1990s by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine to convert RS-20 Voyevoda ICBMs (Satan by NATO classification) for civilian uses.

Dnepr rockets are launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and the Yasny Launch Site of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces in the Orenburg region under a joint project commenced by Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

The Dnepr rocket is a three-stage liquid-engine vehicle. Its takeoff mass is 210 tonnes. The first two stages are the regular stages of the RS-20 rocket and have not been changed. The third stage has been worked on to improve its flight control system.

The rocket is injected from an RS-20 silo by propellant gases. Its engine turns on after the whole vehicle has come out of the silo. The rocket is made by the Ukrainian company Yuzhmash in Dnepropetrovsk.

TabletSat-Aurura owned by the company SPUTNIX weighs 26.2 kg and is made to operate for one year. It is intended for remote Earth sensing in the interests of a private company. The satellite was made using Russian technologies and a minimum of foreign components. Its cost is about one million U.S. dollars.

Igor Komarov, head of the United Rocket and Space Corporation, said “the launch of Aurora, the first Russian private satellite, is a successful example of public-private partnership in the field of space exploration as private companies clearly cannot fulfil their strategic tasks without the state.”

“I am confident that cooperation between the state and private aerospace agencies in designing and manufacturing high-tech craft will become an important stimulus for further development of Russian competitive technologies,” he said.

SPUTNIX Director-General Andrei Potapov said his company’s plans included “creating a cluster of small spacecraft and craft for super high-definition aerial video surveying and imaging with a resolution of down to one metre per pixel”.

One satellite costs up to five million U.S. dollars.

Dnepr will also orbit 32 other satellites. The primary payload of this launch is a medium resolution satellite KazEOSat (Kazakhstan), weighing 177 kg and intended for broadband multispectral surveying of the Earth with a resolution of 6.75 metres in the interests of agriculture and land-use management as well as for monitoring mineral resources and natural calamities.

In addition to that, the payloads on this launch are Deimos-2 (Spain), Hodoyoshi-3 and -4 (Japan), SaudiSat-4 (Saudi Arabia) and other small satellites, as well as QuadPack deployers with CubeSats. The mission is planned to lift into orbit 33 spacecraft belonging to customers from 17 countries, including Russia.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko announced that military-industrial cooperation with Russia would be stopped. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin replied by saying that the Ministry of Industry and Trade had presented an import-substitution plan to the government on June 10 in order to replace all of the foreign made components with domestically manufactured ones.

Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rokot launch vehicle with a batch of military satellites has been set off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Defense Forces Colonel Valery Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

“On Friday, May 23, 2014, an operational crew of the Aerospace Defense Forces at 09:27 Moscow time (05:27) carried out a successful launch of the Rokot light rocket carrier with a batch of military satellites from launch pad No.133,” Zolotukhin said.

He added that the Rokot launch had been carried out “under the general supervision of Commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko.”

The calculated time of the three satellites’ placement into the final transfer orbit is 11:12 Moscow time (07:12 GMT) on May 23.

Canada to Pay for Ditched Launch Contract with Russia – Moscow

Canada to Pay for Ditched Launch Contract with Russia - Moscow

MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) – Canada will have to pay – both in terms of money and reputation – for a decision to ditch the launch of its satellite by a Russian rocket, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.

Commenting on the Canadian media reports that the government’s hard line on sanctions against Russia has scuttled the launch of what was described to be a “key Canadian military satellite,” Rogozin wrote in his Twitter that Canada will “certainly” have to pay the forfeit.

In addition, the Canadian government exposed the true military purpose of its satellite, claimed to be a civilian one, he said.

“The Canadians screwed things up. They refused to launch the satellite and admitted that it was a military one, despite earlier assurances of its civilian purpose,” Rogozin said.

The M3MSat was to be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on June 19. The spacecraft is intended for sea surveillance and was to operate jointly with the RADARSAT-2 orbiter.

Canadian media said the government was currently looking for another state or private space contractor to carry out the launch.

Canada was among the first to join targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and visa bans, imposed on a number of senior Russian officials and businessmen whom the West accuses of involvement in Crimea’s reunification with Russia.

A number of Western officials have since been calling for even tougher sanctions on Russia, including against key sectors of its economy – such as space, defense and energy.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier said that Ottawa could impose sanctions targeting Russian banks.

On Tuesday, Moscow expelled the first secretary of the Canadian embassy in Moscow in response to the recent expulsion of a staff member of the Russian embassy in Ottawa, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti.

Soyuz-U rocket with Egyptian satellite launched from Baikonur

Soyuz-U rocket with Egyptian satellite launched from Baikonur

The 1,050 kg satellite is intended for high-resolution Earth remote sensing for the benefit of agricultural, geological and environmental studies

MOSCOW, April 16. /ITAR-TASS/. A Soyuz-U rocket carrying an Egyptian communication satellite, EgyptSat-2, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, April 16.

The satellite is scheduled to separate from the rocket at 20:28 Moscow time (GMT+4), the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.

The 1,050 kg satellite is intended for high-resolution Earth remote sensing for the benefit of agricultural, geological and environmental studies.

The first such satellite was launched on April 17, 2007 from Baikonur but contact with it was lost in 2011. Egyptian specialists said back then that it was a pilot spacecraft built to operate for three years. The new satellite is designed to work for 11 years. It was made by Russia’s Energia Space Corporation.

Russia to Launch New Glonass-M Satellite Late March

Russia to Launch New Glonass-M Satellite Late March

Russian Military Technologies, 06.03.2014
Russia is going to launch another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit on March 24. This information was presented by the Defence Ministry on Wednesday. GLONASS is Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System and is designed for both military and civilian uses.

“March 24 has been determined as the most optimal date for Glonass-M launch,” Col. Alexey Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Aerospace Defence Forces, said, adding that the satellite would be launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on board the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket.

It’s worth mentioning that the new Glonass-M will augment a group of 28 Glonass satellites already in orbit. 24 satellites are currently in operation, while three are spares and one is in test-flight phase.

The GLONASS system requires at least 18 operational satellites for continuous navigation services across the whole of Russia and 24 satellites to provide navigation services worldwide. By 2020, Russia plans to have 30 Glonass-M and new-generation Glonass-K satellites in orbit, including six in reserve.