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they are not the same! they are a launch facility and spacecrafts!

So what do you mean?
Cosmodrome = Launch Facility * 10?
Spaceship = Spacecraft / 10?

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Looking around the proposed site on Wikimapia I see a few interesting annotations in Russian. Is this old ballistic missile infrastructure (the ring roads around cleared land give the impression of launch sites)?

Yes, it is a former nuclear missiles launch site. I will try to translate comments for the spots around this area.

upd: Translated.
 
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I hate to dilute optimism here, but the promised $800 million is actually two times less than Roscosmos initially requested for Vostochny activities. The financial plan Roscosmos submitted to Ministry of Economy and Development had price tag 49.45 billion rubles (about $1,600 million), investment tranches split like: 8.36 B in 2011, 15.89 B in 2012, and 25.2 B in 2013. The total cost of building Vostochny was estimated at 400 Billion rubles (around $13 billion). The mentioned cost will only probably cover some preparatory works and building infrastructure, like roads, railways, power suply, warehouses, using which it should be possible to begin building launch facilities themselves after 2013. And even this small amount underwent a cut.
 

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I decided to re-name this thread so that it can be used for general Roscosmos news.


Roscosmos PAO: "Russia Eyes Scientific Mission to Venus".
A leading Russian firm specializing in automated probes is preparing a mission to Venus. Planned for 2016, its mission is to study the planet’s turbulent atmosphere and surface, and find out why it has no water.

Yahoo StumbleUpon Google Live Technorati del.icio.us Digg Reddit Mixx Propeller The preparation work on the spacecraft has started even though the contract for it has not yet been signed, told head and chief designer of the Lavochkin construction bureau Viktor Khartov.

The Venera-D (Venus-D) station is to be launched in December 2016 and delivered to Venusian orbit in May 2017. It will be carried by a heavy Proton-M or Angara-A5 rocket.

The orbiting craft will launch a lander module and two atmospheric probes, which will gather samples of the atmosphere at altitudes of 55-60 km and 45-50 km. The orbiter will have scientific instruments of its own and will also relay data from the probes and the lander to Earth.

The mission is to study in detail the chemical composition of Venus’ atmosphere and soil, as well as the dynamics of its strong winds. The lander and probes will work for up to several days before corrosion damages them. The orbiter’s life is expected to be much longer.


Roscosmos PAO: "Glonass-K to be Launched from Plesetsk in Late 2010".
The first new-generation navigation spacecraft Glonass-K will be launched from Plesetsk space port in late 2010, Interfax informs.
The spacecraft is to be loft by Soyuz-2.
GLONASS constellation today comprises 23 satellites, with 21 of them maintaining nominal operations, and two in redundant mode.
Currently, digital navigation maps of 168 Russian cities are available. By the end of the year, GLONASS services will be available all over the world.


Roscosmos PAO: "Russian Space Cameras to Make High-Resolution Earth Imaging".
Russia will launch four spacecraft with hi-res cameras for mapping of the Russian territory, Roscosmos Deputy Head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax.
According to him, a tender which covers development of the four satellites for Russian remote sensing constellation will be announced in 2011. The satellites are to be launched by 2015.

The spacecraft will provide mapping data for the Russian territory.


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Roscosmos PAO: "Five Glonass-M Satellites to be Launched in 2011".
Five Glonass-M satellites will be launched in 2011, Informational Satellite Systems company DG-General Designer Nikolay Testoyedov told ITAR-TASS.

According to him, two Proton-Ms will fly this year to loft 6 Glonass-Ms, thus enhancing GLONASS constellation through providing necessary backup for global coverage.

In addition, one Glonass-K of new generation is to be launched from Plesetsk in December.

Glonass-K flight tests will continue in 2011, in parallel with nominal launches of 5 Glonass-Ms. Three of them will be lofted in a cluster by Proton-M, the other two are to be orbited by two launches of Soyuz rockets.

24 Glonass spacecraft shall comprise the constellation to maintain global coverage.


Roscosmos PAO: "Space Navigation Gate of Russia".
A memorial sign was put on July 26 into the foundation of the future GLONASS Data and Analytic Center at TSNIIMASH in the city of Korolev, Moscow region.

The ceremony was attended by Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov, Director of the Russian Construction Agency Nikolay Abroskin, TSNIIMASH DG Gennady Raikonuv, other officials.

This Center, Mr. Perminov noted, will provide us with the opportunity to have all GLONASS services in one place, to maintain data and analytics of the system's operations and to fulfill all our international commitments, as well as to generate proper conditions for UN representative navigation office in Russia.

GLONASS evolution is irreversible today. The constellation will provide global coverage by the end of the year. The Center will maintain GLONASS monitoring and control through 2020, Perminov added.

The sign was put into the basement of the building to be occupied by all GLONASS services in a few years.
According to Gennady Raikunov, the Center will work in a way similar to the Mission Control Center.
 

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Cool, Thorton's Proton LV features this config, we'll be able to simulate it live ;)
 

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Roscosmos PAO: "Space Cooperation between Russia and India is Prospective".
Future cooperation under space exploration programs were discussed today at Roscosmos premises. Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov and Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr. K. Radhakrishnan on August 2 negotiated shipment of Russian components for Indian launcher GSLV, Russian-Indian cooperation in Lunar exploration projects (Chandrayaan-2), development of space navigation GLONASS technologies, and further steps related to contracts between Roscosmos/RSC-Energia and ISRO on human space missions. The meeting was attended by Directorate Heads of both Agencies, representatives of the industry.

The discussion was held with the spirit of mutual understanding and constructive collaboration.
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RIA Novosti: "Russia to launch moon probe in 2012".


RIA Novosti: "Acoustic tests on new Glonass-K satellite completed".


RussianSpaceWeb: "Plesetsk pad holds back Angara".


Roscosmos PAO: "Russian - South African Negotiations Took Place in Roscosmos".
Russian-South African space working group held Plenary session of the 2nd meeting in Roscosmos today.

Roscosmos Deputy Head Sergey Saveliev and Deputy Head of South African Ministry of Science and Technology Valanatan Munsami discussed involvement of the South African party in the Radiastron program and other fundamantal space research projects, as well as application of satellite navigation systems for the benefits of the South African law enforcement authorities.

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Roscosmos PAO: "Roscosmos Head Held a Meeting with the Minister of Cabinet Affairs of Bahrain".
Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov held a meeting with Shaikh Ahmed bin Attiyatallah Al-Khalifa, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs of Bahrain, today.

The negotiations covered prospective bilateral cooperation in peaceful space exploration and research. The visit of the delegation from Bahrain was held under the agreement reached between the President of the Russian Federation and the King of Bahrain in Dec. 2008 on evolution of bilateral cooperation under the space exploration programs.

After the meeting, the delegation of Bahrain plans to visit NPP VNIIEM to see premises of the leading Russian space company which is deals with spacecraft development and production.

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Also, RD-191 engine (to be used for Angara) has blown up several days ago during stress testing at Energomash. Although officials say it's okay for an engine to break during a stress testing, the rumors are, the accident was totally unexpected.

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http://rian.ru/technology/20100805/262136576.html

In October, Russian Ångström Corporation will launch production of radiation resistant chips using silicon-sapphire technology on 200 mm plates with 0.35-0.25 mkm process. The new project is getting financing at 1.3 billion rubles, 40% of which comes from budget. The output is expected to be about 50,000 200-mm plates a year. This has become possible after acquiring the technology from AMD corp.

This is going to provide for future boost in reliability and user performance of Russian electronics used in space and other applications requiring radiation-resistant components.

The company is oriented at homeland consumption and is not planning to enter any international markets yet.
 

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Khrunichev Space Center PAO: "Cold Tests of Universal Rocket Module URM-2 for Angara Launcher will Continue in August".
NITS RKP, Peresvet, continues cold firing tests of Universal Rocket Module URM-2 for Angara launcher. URM-2 is to be used in the third stage of the rocket. The first and second sessions of the cold firing tests have been completed in June-July.

URM-2 bench firing tests are planned for the third quarter of 2010. Firing tests of the URM-1 for the first stage of Angara have been completed in 2009.

Development of the Angara launcher is the high-priority national objective. Angara‘s customers are Russian Federal Space Agency and the Ministry of Defense. Khrunichev Space Center is the prime contractor in the project.



Roscosmos PAO: "Russian-South African Talks".
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma reviewed plans for joint trade and economic projects.

Following the talks, intergovernmental agreements were signed in the presence of the two heads of state on easing visa requirements and on cooperation in the sphere of plant quarantine. In addition, the two countries signed a contract for the supply of enriched uranium products between TENEX and Eskom Holdings Ltd, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) on cooperation in the field of Earth observation.

On the Russian side, the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev, who also heads the South African-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

After the talks, Dmitry Medvedev and Jacob Zuma held a joint news conference.



Beginning of Russian-South African Talks in Expanded Format



PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV:



Mr President, colleagues,

I would like to welcome you in Moscow and the Kremlin once again. We have just held a meeting in the restricted format, where we discussed a range of issues. But the most important thing is that we stated our commitment to fully developing ties between Russia and South Africa, bearing in mind the history that links our nations. Russia always occupied a special position in Africa, and has always had great sympathy for Africa’s struggle for independence. Russia truly has no burden of the past and in this respect is open to finding new ways to take our relations forward, but with respect for the rich history that it has with the African states. In this respect, relations with the Republic of South Africa are vital for us, taking into account the weight that our countries have in the international arena in the area of economic cooperation. Therefore, this will serve as a foundation to every aspect of our contacts.

We have deliberated international issues and will shortly review our bilateral relations and the economic projects that link our two countries to bring closer the objective we have just discussed. This objective is to transform our relations into a strategic partnership across the board. I believe this will benefit both our countries, and the situation in the world as a whole, considering that the world is not confined to individual regional organisations, the world has become multipolar, the world has become global, and a great deal depends on the interaction between such key players as the Russian Federation and South Africa.

We would like to discuss now various trade and economic projects. Some of them we have already reviewed in a restricted format, but I think the leaders of the Intergovernmental Commission will brief us on the work that was been carried out. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Intergovernmental Commission for their productive efforts and state our desire to discuss all the issues that we have reviewed already in an expanded format and in full.



PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA JACOB ZUMA:



Your Excellency the President of the Russian Federation,
Ministers and Esteemed Delegations, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for the warm reception and the wonderful hospitality provided to my delegation and I.

This is my first official visit to Russia as President of the South African Republic. My last visit to this beautiful country was in 2006. It feels good to be back, given the rich historical ties between our two countries and peoples.

Your Excellency,

Let me start by extending our deepest condolences on the tragic death of many of your people in the heatwave that has engulfed this country. We share the pain of the Russian people in the face of this tragedy.

Mr President, the Russian Federation and South Africa share deep ties, forged in the struggle for freedom.

Some of our key liberation heroes as J.B. Marks, Moses Kotane and Ivon Jones lie buried here in Moscow. Their graves are evidence of the historical ties between our two countries and peoples.

I am accompanied by eleven Ministers and more than 100 businesspeople on this visit. The size of the delegation underlines the importance that we attach to our bilateral relations.

This visit confirms South Africa’s commitment to consolidate and enhance bilateral relations with Russia within the context of the Treaty of Friendship and Partnership that was signed in 2006. This Treaty affirmed the South Africa-Russia strategic partnership.

Based on these instruments, we want to see regular improved political dialogue between our two countries.

We want to see enhanced economic and social cooperation. And we want to work for deeper cooperation on the international front, especially on multilateral issues.

We are satisfied with the progress made thus far, especially given the recent successful Ministerial political consultations.

The Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting and the South Africa-Russia Business Forum discussions have also progressed well.

These interactions are critical for South Africa’s key domestic priorities, as well as Russia’s economic modernization and diversification policy priorities.

We are firm in our commitment to further boost trade relations between our two countries.

Our business delegation represents diverse sectors to allow a wider scope for interface.

These include agro-processing, aviation, banking and finance, defence and aerospace, energy, engineering, information and communications technology, construction, logistics, medical and health services and tourism.

We see great potential for taking economic relations forward. It is encouraging that despite the global economic crisis, overall trade between the two countries increased from more than four hundred million US dollars in 2008 to more than 500 million US dollars last year.

It is our wish that this visit should contribute to further enhancement of these trade relations.

Mr President,

We also value our cooperation on science and technology. The launching of the South African satellite at the Russian space facility in Kazakhstan in September 2009, took our cooperation on space research and technologies to a higher level. We must build on that success.

Education is a key priority for the South African government. Success in education will determine the scope and extent of the country’s growth and development.

We want to explore some of the existing proposals and develop sound cooperation in higher education and training between our two countries.

Mr President, during this visit, we look forward to signing agreements that will further develop cooperation in other fields and we are very pleased with this development.

We will take agricultural cooperation forward through the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Plant Quarantine.

The movement of people between the two countries will be further promoted through the Agreement regarding the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic or Official Passports.

We are also happy that we have finalized the Memorandum of Understanding between our respective space agencies for cooperation in the Field of Earth Observation.

These agreements will certainly improve our framework for cooperation and we have to ensure effective implementation.

Mr President,

At a multilateral level, our two countries support the promotion of equal distribution of power and influence in the global political and economic systems.

We share the belief in rules-based multilateralism, the pivotal role of the United Nations in global security matters; sustainable development; free and fair trade, and an equitable international economic order.

As you would be aware, South Africa will, in October 2010 seek re-election to the non-permanent UN Security Council seat for 2011 to 2012. Given our shared view about the need to transform the UN system, we look forward to working with you in this regard.

Mr President,

We would like this visit to deepen Russian partnership on the African Agenda.

Allow me to applaud Russia’s role in peace and security in the African continent. This is not surprising given Russia’s historical and progressive relationship with many countries within our continent.

Peace and stability in Africa and world are paramount, and all nations have to work together to achieve these goals. Any instability in any part of the world is bound to have an impact in other corners of the globe.

It cannot be ignored and viewed as a distant event which has no bearing on the rest.

We also wish to remind the Russian Federation of the trade, investment and technical cooperation opportunities in Africa.

There are many projects linked to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which is our socio-economic development blueprint for the continent.

Africa, with its one billion-people strong market, has to be viewed by the developed North as an economic partner and an investment destination of note.

Africa is open for business. We should not be viewed as a continent with countries that are recipients of aid only.

As South Africa, we are strategically located on the southern tip, as a gateway to the rest of the continent.

Mr President,

South Africa has just successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. It was a most exciting period in our country, as we hosted thousands of soccer fans and tourists from all over the world.

The success of the Soccer World Cup, the first on African soil, has helped us to prove that the African continent is capable of hosting events of this magnitude. It signalled a new beginning and a new era of opportunities for the African continent.

We wish Russia well in the bid to host the 2018 Soccer World Cup tournament.

We are ready to share our experiences with the Russian Federation and to offer technical assistance, if required, should Russia win the bid.

Let me use this opportunity to wish you well for the winter Olympics in Sochi. We are convinced that the Olympics will be a huge success, given the expertise that exists in the Russian Federation and the preparations made thus far.

Mr President,

Thank you for the invitation. We are happy that we will be able to take our warm and historical relations forward.

We look forward to very successful deliberations during this visit.

I thank you.
 

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A cool project.
The new project is getting financing at 1.3 billion rubles, 40% of which comes from budget.
I don't understand what this means. 40% from whose budget? Where does the other 60% come from?
 

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A cool project.

I don't understand what this means. 40% from whose budget? Where does the other 60% come from?

Sorry for confusion. To speak in more precise terms, an IPO will be performed, and ownership of 40% shares is reserved for fund run by Ministry of Finance and financed from federal state budget of Russia. Other 60% are just normal exchange traded shares. I hope it makes more sense.

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http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=10030

Russia to Provide South Africa Access to Remote Sensing Satellites - Roscosmos

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Moscow will provide Johannesburg with access to information from its remote sensing satellites and will establish a ground station for South Africa under a space partnership to receive the information, Russia's top space official said on Thursday.
"We plan to use Russian remote sensing satellites for the scientific center in South Africa. We are planning to establish a station on the ground in South Africa so that they could use this information from our spacecraft," Anatoly Perminov said.
Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held talks in Moscow with South African President Jacob Zuma.
The leaders signed a contract on the delivery of enriched uranium to South Africa.
A number of other agreements are expected to be signed during the talks, including in the defense, space and hi-tech sectors since South Africa is Russia's key political and trade partner on the African continent.

RIA Novosti
 

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Roscosmos PAO: "Indian Flight in Soyuz is not Planned".
It has not been planned to launch an Indian in Russian vehicle Soyuz so far, Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov told news media, answering the question if a relevant agreement had been signed between Russia and India.
"The issue is being reviewed… We don’t have that many Soyuzes", Perminov stated. "We have to fly US, Japanese, European to the station. We have to cope with this task first".
 

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Roscosmos PAO: Russian Federal Space Agency enterprises are working on the creation of "Cosmic Internet".

Russian mass media have recently reported that the design offices of one of the Federal Space Agency enterprises are working hard on the creation of so-called Cosmic Internet. According to press reports, the aim is to develop an advanced space system for data transmission. Spacecrafts here act as packet switching and routing nodes. Access to the Cosmic Internet will be available for subscribers both from the Earth surface and from air, sea and space facilities. The project has been developed for about a year by GONETS LEOSAT SYSTEM — a company created under the auspices of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Federal Space Agency). What has been done during this time? What is the essence of this invention? This is what we asked Alexander Galkevich — the President and Designer General of the company.

— Alexander Igorevich, what is this Cosmonet thing which seems to become a "standing dish" in Russian mass media?
— First of all I would like to make an important point: it's not that journalists were the only ones to get interested in our project. Most recently, a state expert review of the project was held on the initiative of the Ministry of Communications. The review showed high relevancy and nation-wide importance of the project, as well as promising perspective of continuing work on a new data transmission channel and its further space testing as an integral part of the project.
Now, what is Cosmonet itself? Let me cite the document: it is a multifunctional personal communication system intended for global exchange of confidential documentary digital information between subscribers.
What is the project high relevance based upon? First and foremost — on the growing demand of the government and large corporations for global scale information services.
Special emphasis should be laid on space information services estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars on the world market. Our domestic industry, however, is increasingly dependent on foreign suppliers of telecommunication equipment — both ground facilities and communication satellite payload onboard systems. It’s an unacceptable situation for the first-in-space nation.
But let’s get down to our topic. Or, more precisely, to the technical component of the invention. First of all, we should admit that today's conventional means of communication do not meet the state needs; the needs of the society also grow exponentially in this field. What do we currently have at our disposal? Radio channels? They dramatically limit capabilities of space systems in a number of fields. Fiber optic? Well, its coverage is certainly more powerful, opportunities granted are somewhat ampler. But you must admit that a fiber optic cable is not very handy for long distance routing. Habitable and populated areas might do at the very least, but what about polar regions? Or the Far North? Or recesses of Siberia?
In short, there is a need for something new, for a giant step toward fundamentally new patterns, principles, etc. And it seems like this "something new" is being born in our design office.
What I would like to stress is that I am not talking about modernization of any existing systems. It is about creating crucially new technologies and equipment.
— What are your goals and objectives?
— They are huge. The system will provide global coverage with an area of information services in the near-Earth space up to 40,000 miles. The throughput of the system will be 9.6 Gbps. The subscription means will have the information reception and transmission rate of up to 200 Mbps.
— What will be the package of services offered?
— Key services will include a high-speed batch communication, radio communications, global access to the Internet. The applications of Cosmonet are tremendous. Well, that’s just for instance. Unmanned aviation? With Cosmonet you can control the vehicle from any place on the Earth at any point of the trajectory. Space? Ensure the reception and transmission of command and telemetry information at any point of the trajectory of the spacecraft or launch vehicle. Sea vessels? Service information is received and transmitted from any point of the world ocean. Arctic expedition? They are provided with Internet access in the North and South Pole areas. Any traveler with a special Cosmonet satellite phone system will be able to signal his location and be detected by rescue forces in minutes.
And what about our security services? For some this is a unique opportunity to discreetly and quickly send any amount of any information. For others, say, special units at war, it will probably be an extra opportunity to observe all movements of anyone else in the area of special or combat operations.
I’d also like to add a few words about the technical side of things. Basically, the channel has no effect on existing communication systems. Traditional means fail to detect the very fact of data transmission. If we talk about the specific technical implementation, the future transceiver channel will contain about a dozen of printed boards with an area of not more than 0.01 m2. Power consumption amounts to several watts. Weight equals several kilograms.
And think that Cosmonet is completely compatible with the existing and operating space and ground telecommunication systems.
— What will Cosmonet be like in case of successful completion?
— In low orbit — at about one and a half thousand kilometers — we will create a constellation of 48 satellites. They will surround the entire globe and will act as routers — deflectors of information packages on the given addresses to create a virtual environment.
Therefore, we are talking about the creation of the global information environment on land, in air and in outer space. Of course, this process will require the creation of a new satellite system and the adaptation of the IT architecture and TCP/IP protocols to space conditions. For our team it is very important that in the development of the Cosmonet we relied and continue to rely solely on the domestic or in-house developments. Believe me, our mathematicians, programmers, designers and engineers are sufficiently skilled to create both a new IT architecture of the Internet space, and a new technology to send and receive information on the basis of quasi-equilibrium medium relaxation.
The new technology includes the development of transmitting-receiving radio modem with special software. The radio modem is intended for integration into various user terminals and on-board communication systems. The introduction of new technology will significantly increase bandwidth and reduce power consumption of the receiver-transmitters up to 10 times, as well as eliminate the effect of restrictions on the frequencies range.
The application of these two technologies on the new principles will create the information system of the Cosmic Internet.
We are aware that these revolutionary developments of the "Messenger" scientists are often seen as, to put it mildly, unusual even by technical experts. But here I would like to bring you a curious historical fact. In 1865 in Boston, a Joshua Coppersmith was arrested. He sought funds for the implementation of his invention — a device for voice transmission to a distance. Coppersmith called his invention a telephone. However, the guy was eventually locked up, and a local newspaper, The Boston Post published a devastating article, which advised readers not to be led by speculators. They said that all educated people were well aware that "transmission of voice over the wire is scientifically unexplainable and impossible". Now the phone is an ordinary household appliance. I am sure that the Cosmonet story will be somewhat similar to that one.


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RIA Novosti: "Russia's Glonass to go global by yearend - Putin".

Space Daily: "Putin wants Russian satnav system in new cars from 2012".

Roscosmos PAO: "Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Chaired a Meeting in Ryazan on GLONASS Application for Social and Economic Evolution of Russian Regions".
On July 10, during the official visit to Ryazan, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on GLONASS application for social and economic evolution of Russian regions.

Prime Minister Putin said during the meeting that the wildfires in Russia have shown that high-tech devices are not yet being used to their full extent to respond to emergencies. He called on those responsible to speed up the creation of a unified national system for emergency monitoring and response, to be based on the latest information and satellite navigation technology.

The Russian government is working on the concept for a new federal targeted programme GLONASS through 2020, said the prime minister, and called on all Russian regions to draft and approve regional GLONASS programmes in 2011. He promised to support the regions with federal funding, adding that the global GLONASS satellite group should be fully formed by the end of the year.

Mr Putin informed those present at the meeting on government relief efforts for regions affected by wildfires and suggested that the Federal Forestry Agency should be directly subordinate to the government of the Russian Federation.
 
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BBC News: "Race to launch Moon landing probe".

RussianSpaceWeb: "Luna-Glob/Luna-Resurs".


Roscosmos PAO: "Russian Scientists Plan Mission to Mercury".
Russian scientists from Lavochkin R&D plan mission to Mercury. According to company's Deputy General Maxim Martynov, the mission is to take place in 4-5 years.
Martynov explaines that a flight to Mercury is implied in the Federal Space Program, which indicates 2014-2015 as the date of the mission's start. Lavochkin R&D is in process developing draft mission scenario, including landing on the Mercury.
"We intend to design a modified Phobo-Grunt", Martynov notes.
Similar flights to Venus and Moon are also planned, Rossiisky Cosmos magazine informs.


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Roscosmos PAO: "Students Deal with Design of Vostochny".
Graduates of the architecture faculty in the South Urals University proposed two unique projects of the Vostochny space port to be constructed in Amur region.
One of them, by Elena Grechushnikova, presents design of the Mission Control Center at the space port. As the center is to be close to the launch pad, it shall be located several kilometers deep underground, with the protection layer of soil atop, in order to protect the facility against atmospheric and industrial impacts.
Part of the MCC will be available for visitors, a watching balcony is intended on the second floor.
The other proposal, by Elena Filatova, deals with design of the integration and test facility. The design implies service operations of any facility in the building by transport or humans.
Both projects have been recommended for implementation at the space port.
 
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