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The Russian company MTKS begins building private spacecraft (video)

The Russian company MTKS (Reusable Transport Space Systems) has launched a project to manufacture a private cargo spaceship prototype, the Argo, capable of delivering up to two metric tons of cargo to the ISS. The ship will be 58% made of composites to reduce its weight.

MTKS Chairman of the Board Sergei Sopov said the company’s engineers teamed up with their colleagues from the manufacturer as soon as the contract was signed to work on the design and manufacture of the tooling package to build the spaceship.

To speed up the process, the composite hull was ordered from Germany because Russia does not yet own the necessary technologies. Later on, the production of such hulls and components is to be launched in Voronezh.

The prototype hull can be supplied and ready for the installation of equipment and ground tests in the first half of 2021. The first pilot launch of the Argo is scheduled for 2024.


Source: MTKS, Invest Foresight

Living On The ISS. My Interview to the “Popular Mechanics” YouTube Channel (video)

June 2 marks its 65th anniversary the FIRST and BIGGEST Cosmodrom Baikonur in the World! (photo)

The cosmodrome is located on the territory of Kazakhstan, in the Kyzylorda region between the city of Kazalinsk and the village of Dzhusaly, near the village of Tyuratam.

The territory of the Baikonur Cosmodrome is 6,717 km². Together, the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the city of the same name form the Baikonur complex.

Baikonur

The construction project of the “Scientific Testing Ground No. 5” (NIIP-5) was approved on June 2, 1955 and was created by the Cosmodrome with the work of hundreds of thousands of people!

For 65 years, almost 5 THOUSAND rocket launches have been carried out!

It was from this cosmodrome that the first Sputnik was launched, proclaiming the BEGINNING of the SPACE ERA. From Baikonur, in the first in the history of mankind, a human flight into space was carried out!

Launch vehicles that delivered spacecraft with Yuri Gagarin, German Titov, Valentina Tereshkova, Alexei Leonov and other Heroes of our country started from this launch site!

Today, the Baikonur cosmodrome is the main space harbor of Russia, which has opened the world the path to scientific and technological progress, and humanity – the ROAD to SPACE!

The Baikonur Cosmodrome is our Pride!

Congratulations to all employees of the space industry, builders, engineers, and all everyone involved in this holiday!


Download big picture: Baikonur (203 downloads)

Наши с Виталием Егоровым комментарии на запуск SpaceX Crew Dragon (27 и 30 мая 2020 г., видео, запись)

Комментарии к запуску на канале Соловьёв Live

Первая попытка запуска пилотируемой миссии SpaceX Crew Dragon, 27 мая 2020 г.

Вторая попытка запуска пилотируемой миссии SpaceX Crew Dragon, 30 мая 2020 г.


Источник: «Ютуб-канал Соловьёв Live»

Видеоблог Виталия Егорова: «Открытый космос Зеленого кота»

Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space! May 30, 2020 (video)

NASA Live!

Watch history unfold on Saturday, May 30, as NASA and SpaceX launch astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. This mission marks the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011 that humans will fly to the space station from U.S. soil. The mission’s first launch attempt on Wednesday, May 27 was scrubbed due to weather conditions.

Tune in starting at 11 a.m. EDT as NASA and SpaceX provide joint, live coverage from launch to arrival at the space station. Teams are targeting 3:22 p.m. EDT for the launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station on Sunday, May 31.

Сегодня, 86 лет исполнилось бы Алексею Архиповичу Леонову

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Fly over Canada! (фото)

Canada ranks second in the world in area – 9 984 670 km², after Russia (17 125 191 km²).

This country was founded by the French explorer Jacques Cartier in 1534.

Being the second largest country in the world – with the longest coastline in the world – Canada is known for road travel.

Fly over Canada!
Fly over Canada!
Fly over Canada!
Fly over Canada!
Fly over Canada!

This country is famous for its natural beauty. Canada has more lakes than all other countries in the world combined.

Residents of Canada are very polite polite.

Tourists from all over the world are attracted by the Northern Lights, which is clearly visible in Canada.

Hockey is the official Canadian national winter sport. Canada is considered the birthplace of ice hockey.

Maple syrup – a symbol of the country, is known around the world for its national flag – on a white canvas there is a bright red maple leaf.


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Fly over Canada 1 (161 downloads)
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Fly over Canada 3 (160 downloads)
Fly over Canada 4 (165 downloads)
Fly over Canada 5 (158 downloads)

The Border between Russian and American Segments of the ISS (video)

NASA Live! Making History: NASA and SpaceX Launch Astronauts to Space! (video)

NASA Live!

Roscosmos Head Dmitry Rogozin on the Air of Radio “KP” (video)