[FPSPACE] First Vostochny Rocket Launch Successful

Keith Gottschalk kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Fri Apr 29 07:44:33 EDT 2016


Dear Grujica,

  thanks for all this interesting information. It is nice to know that a
new town is being named after Tsiokovsky.

  One thought. The commercialization of Angara is going to be hugely
dependent on whether it can stay competitive with reusable Falcons &
resuable Falcon Heavies. Are the Russian engineers planning any
transition to reusables?  Perhaps the Spiral / Bor needs to come out of
the museum, other than in its lineage as ancestor of Sierra Nevada's
Dreamchaser.

yours, Keith.

>>> "IVANOVICH Grujica (SW)"  04/29/16 12:56 AM >>>
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In the years around and beyond 2025, Vostochniy will become one of the
busiest cosmodrome.  
Until these times Baykonur will remain as the main space port of Russia
mostly due to use of the Proton rockets and the Soyuz manned flights.
Around 2025 it is expected Proton (two launch pads at Baykonur) to be
replaced by Angara rockets (with launch pads at Plesetsk and from 2018
at Vostochniy)
Also, in the same time Soyuz spacecraft (two launch pads at Baykonur)
will be replaced by Federation spacecraft (one Angara launch pad at
Vostochniy).
First unmanned flight of the Federation spacecraft is planned in 2021,
with manned mission to the ISS in 2023.
Soon after 2025, if all goes well, Federation will be launched to the
Moon, so Angara launch pad will serve for some time as a single Russian
manned lunar launch platform (until the third launch pad at Vostochniy
for a 100-t class rocket is constructed).  
 
Prior to that, very important step in transition of launch services from
Baykonur to Vostochniy will be commercialisation of Angara rockets.
As known, ILS has already announced commercial use of light Angara from
2018, as the beginning of commercial use of Soyuz-2 rockets from
Vostochniy may happen before 2018. 
Also, Roscosmos is transforming its launch fleet. Soyuz-U (Progress
launcher) is retiring, as around 2020 Soyuz-FG (launcher of the Soyuz
spacecraft) will be replaced by Soyuz 2.1.
Basically, from 2025 we can expect only family of Soyuz-2/CT (including
future Soyuz-5/Phoenix) and Angara rockets to remain in service.
This optimisation of the Russian rocket families is crucial for
transition of launch services from Baykonur to Vostochniy.  
 
About economy, totally agree – Vostochniy and the new city of
Tsiolkovskiy are projects of strategic importance for Russia.
Also, for long-term reinforcement of human resources in the space
industry. For example, in development of new cosmodrome hundreds of
young students and graduates from the air-space universities in European
part of Russia have been engaged.
Most of them will be employed at Vostochniy, changing demographic
structure of the Russian Far East regions.
 
Combining these two elements, in addition to space strategies, President
Putin strengths economy and demographics of the Russian Far East
regions.     
 
Regards,
Grujica

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Sent: Friday, 29 April 2016 12:01 AM
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Subject: [FPSPACE] First Vostochny Rocket Launch Successful


 
Well,

   this means Russia has succeeded in its political & economic
intentions.

   Political: it is founding a town of another 25 000 permanent
residents & its cosmodrome, to deter anyone in China from reviving talk
of the Unequal Treaties & return of the Trans-Amur territories. We can
also expect probably annual visits by Russia's president or prime
minister to Vladivostok in future.

  Economic: never again can the Kazakh Government raise the rent on
Baikonyur when the current arrangements expire. They can only hope they
won't be left single-handed in maintaining the world's biggest
cosmodrome.

- Keith.

>>> 04/28/16 6:57 AM >>>
Watch out for UFO reports from transpolar commercial airliners!!

 


From:"Peter Pesavento" <pjp961 at svol.net>
To: "fpspace" <FPSPACE at mail.friends-partners.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:18:29 PM
Subject: [FPSPACE] First Vostochny Rocket Launch Successful
 

After a delay from the day previous, the first Soyuz rocket launch from
Vostochny just happened.  It appears to be well on its way to a
successful orbital insertion.
 
Information via Twitter tweet feeds I am getting.  This also includes
Antaoly Zak’s tweets as well.

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