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Russian, European Space Agencies To Develop Manned Spaceship

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Zhukovsky, Russia (RIA Novosti) Aug 21, 2007
The Russian and European space agencies will develop a manned transport spaceship for flights to the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars, the head of the Russian agency said Tuesday. "We agreed today with Jean-Jacques Dordain, the head of the European Space Agency, to form a working group to deal with developing a piloted transport system to fly to the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars," Anatoly Perminov said after talks with Dordain on the sidelines of the MAKS-2007 air show in Zhukovsky, near Moscow.

"In September, representatives of the Russian and European space industry will start their work," he said, adding that a work scheme would be developed by the end of the year.

The head of the European agency told journalists that the first launch of the Russian booster rocket Soyuz ST from the Kourou space center in French Guiana had been scheduled for March or April of next year.

"It will be possible to implement this launch as soon as March-April 2008, and this is this most important stage in our cooperation with Russia," he told journalists.

At the Paris Air Show in June, Russia's Federal Space Agency and French satellite launch firm Arianespace signed a contract for the first four launches of European satellites from Kourou. The satellites are to be put into orbit from the equatorial space center by a Soyuz ST rocket.

Kourou is intended mainly for the launch of geostationary satellites. Its proximity to the equator will enable the Soyuz ST to orbit heavier satellites than those launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, or Plesetsk in northern Russia.

Dordain also said the European Mars study apparatus Exo-Mars could be launched with the help of Russia's Proton booster. Media had earlier reported it would be launched in 2011 with the help of a Soyuz booster.

Russia, Arianespace contract first satellite launches from equator
Le Bourget, France (RIA Novosti) Aug 22 - Russia's space agency and French satellite launch firm Arianespace signed a contract for the first four launches of European satellites from the Kourou space center in French Guiana.

Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Federal Space Agency, said at Le Bourget air show near Paris on Tuesday: "We have signed the first contract, which marks the first joint landmark in the use of Russian Soyuz rockets from a foreign launch pad."

The satellites are to be put into orbit by the Russian booster rocket Soyuz ST.

European Space Agency President Jean Jacques Dordain said that the first launch of a European satellite aboard a Soyuz ST is planned to take place before March 2009.

The Soyuz will have a separate launch pad near Sinnamari, a village ten kilometers (6 miles) north of the site used for the Ariane-5, the main European-made booster.

Kourou is intended mainly for the launch of geostationary satellites. Its proximity to the equator will enable the Soyuz ST to orbit heavier satellites than when launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, and Plesetsk in northern Russia.

Source: RIA Novosti

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India Wants To Launch First Reusuable Space Launcher By 2010
Bangalore (RIA Novosti) Aug 15, 2007
India is planning to launch a reusable spacecraft for the first time in 2010 and to send a mission to Mars as early as 2012, a senior space official said Monday. India has been successfully developing its space program in recent years, regularly launching satellites using its own booster rockets. "Our target [for the first launch] is before 2010," the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Madhavan Nair as saying.







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