Russia’s Campaign in Syria Shocks Washington as Much as Launch of Sputnik I

Russian Air Force strikes Islamic State positions in Syria

 

Numerous officials and experts in the West have been astonished by Russia’s military power. Moscow’s newest weapons are surely impressive in themselves, but many in the United States and Europe have also been shocked by the “style and speed” of Russia’s military operation in Syria, Il Giornale reported.

Moscow’s success in the Middle East and the attention it attracted has left a traumatic effect on America’s political and military elites, much like the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, on October 4, 1957, the Italian newspaper added.

Back then Washington did not expect the Soviets to have the technology needed to make such an achievement. These days the US was unprepared that Russia managed to create a powerful and efficient military machine at a time of economic crisis.

This first official picture of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I was issued in Moscow October 9, 1957, showing the four-antennaed satellite resting on a three-legged pedestal.
This first official picture of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I was issued in Moscow October 9, 1957, showing the four-antennaed satellite resting on a three-legged pedestal.

Until recently, many in the US and Europe viewed the Russian Armed Forces through Soviet clichés: they seem to have expected millions of soldiers in ragged uniform and piles of scrap metal, Il Giornale noted.

Well, they were wrong. Russian military equipment, command centers and outfits look brand new as if they were taken right from a military expo.  Russian troops, the newspaper emphasized, also known how to fight.Following a request from Syria’s legitimate government, Russia launched a multinational aerial campaign aimed at assisting Damascus-led forces in their fight against a four-and-a-half-year old insurgency in the country.

These developments prompted Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan despite election promises to withdraw from the country.

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In London, the Russian space exhibition starts

Yuriy Gagarin , first  man in space  1961  April 12

 

LONDON, September 17. The British at the opening in London of the Russian space exhibition will be able to see something that is not available to most Russians – engines of ballistic missiles with space  “scars”,  personal things of astronauts, subjects of their life in orbit, and even cosmic showers.

 

The official opening ceremony of the exhibition “The astronauts: the birth of the Space Era” at London’s Science Museum will be held on Thursday with the participation of high-ranking guests from Moscow, including Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, the first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, the daughter of the first cosmonaut Elena Gagarina. For the public exhibition will be opened on Friday, September 18. It will work until March 13, 2016.

 

The exhibition was to be held last year, but was delayed because of problems with the provision of guarantees from the British side. From Moscow it was brought rare exhibits related to the Soviet space program and had never exported outside of Russia. The exposition was prepared in collaboration with the Moscow Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics and the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).

 

Space Diplomacy

“Space exhibition, opens a very important page in the history of the Soviet, Russian state.” –  in an interview with RIA Novosti special representative of Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoi  said – “We were pioneers in this space project – this is one of the largest in the history of our country, indicating the high intellectual level and capacity”, – said the Special Representative.

He noted that “Russia today often positioned as a country with rich energy resources”, but it is important “to reflect it as a country with the highest scientific and technological potential and intelligence.”

This event – “a perfect example of that cultural cooperation between Russia and Britain continues to unite our country in times of political differences,” commented the eve of the opening of the exhibition the Russian ambassador in London Alexander Yakovenko.

 

“The exhibition opens, and we can share not only the knowledge and experience that is acquired in preparation for space flight, but also to talk about plans for the future of the Russian space program,” – he said yesterday at a gala evening Valentina Tereshkova.

Historic 500th Soyuz rocket sets off from Baikonur

The 500th Soyuz rocket has successfully lifted off from the Gagarin’s Start launchpad marking a historic milestone for Baikonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft will deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station.

Russian and Kazakh cosmonauts (Sergey Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov respectively), along with the first ever Danish astronaut (Andreas Mogensen) have entered history on board Soyuz TMA-18M. The 500th manned rocket launched from the same pad that Yuri Gagarin’s original Soyuz blasted off from on April 12, 1961.

 

The spacecraft will take a longer two-day route and head toward the ISS for a radar-guided rendezvous and docking on Friday September 4, at 7:42am GMT. Nine people will share the space station during the week-long crew rotation.

The flight is unusual in that the two flight engineers on board the Soyuz TMA-18M will not stay on the ISS for an extended mission, returning to Earth on September 11. The docking of the Soyuz TMA-18M will mark the conclusion of Expedition 44 and the beginning of Expedition 45.

International Space Station ‘Lost’ Without Russia, Says NASA Chief

The International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7 a.m. (EST) on March 7, 2011.

A top NASA official confirmed Wednesday that the US has no backup plan to maintain the International Space Station if Russia should decide to pull out of the joint operation.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s frank admission of US dependence on Russia for the ISS’ continued existence follows his reluctance to address the issue head on, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“We would make an orderly evacuation,” Bolden said at a US House Appropriations subcommittee, acknowledging that both countries are heavily reliant on one another, and should that agreement deteriorate, it would mean curtains for the $140 billion dollar space station.

The new chairman of the space and science subcommittee, Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson, pressured Bolden into giving a direct answer.

 

“You are forcing me into this answer, and I like to give you real answers,” Bolden finally said. “I don’t want to try and BS anybody.”

The question of continued US-Russia cooperation on the ISS has come to the fore amid deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two countries over Ukraine’s civil war.  NASA’s admission that they have no other option without Russia confirms growing concerns.

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Russia provides transport for US astronauts to and from the ISS, which orbits about 250 miles above the Earth, since President George W. Bush signed off on retiring US shuttles before a replacement was ready. While private companies like Boeing and SpaceX are working on alternative methods of ferrying astronauts, their plans won’t bear fruit until 2017 at the earliest, raising real concerns about the fate of the US space program.

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Dnepr to Put South Korean Satellite into Orbit in Late March

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The Russian   Dnepr rocket created on the basis of the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile may be lunched with the South Korean Kompsat-3A satellite on March 26. This was reported by a source in the Russian space industry.

“We have agreed upon a new launch date with the South Korean customer. It may take place on March 26. The final decision will be announced in the next few days,” the official said.

It was earlier reported that the launch of the Kompsat-3A satellite was scheduled for March 12. It was planned to carry out a total of three space launches using the Dnepr rocket in 2015.

It should be noted that the previous launch of the Dnepr rocket with the Japanese ASNARO remote sensing satellite and four mini-satellites was performed in November. On June 19, the Dnepr delivered 33 spacecraft for various purposes.

Order of application of space infrastructure in Crimea appointed

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The Ministry of Defense of Russia and the Russian space Agency has determined the procedure for the joint use of facilities of military space infrastructure in the Crimea, told reporters in Evpatoria Commander of troops aerospace defense (VKO), Russia Alexander Golovko.

The ceremony of the battle flag 40th separate command-measuring complex forces air space defense took place at noon on the first day of the weekend at the Theater square Evpatoria in the presence of the commander of aerospace defense (VKO), Russia Alexander Golovko, head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and several thousand citizens.

The part, which was awarded the military flag, was created at the base of the center for deep space communications was established in the USSR, which includes a unique swing-RT-70 radio telescope with the mirror diameter of 70 meters.

“Today we Roscomos Assigned to the shared application object, which develop on one or the other space program,” said Golovko.

Russian manufacturer of microsatellites decided to close its representative offices in EU and USA

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Russian private company Dauria Aerospace, which specializes in development and production of small spacecraft, is going to close its representative offices in foreign countries, TASS reports with reference to the Dauria Aerospace President Mikhail Kokorich.

“At present we are focusing on Russian market and export potential of space systems manufactured by Russian branch of Dauria Aerospace. European and US branches are preparing to cease their activities,” he said.

According to him, this is caused by difficult political and economic situation, which affects the Russian company and its ability to raise funds.