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RISKIEST MISSION

50 years ago, on October 12, 1964, the USSR continued its pioneering conquest of space orbiting the first multi-member crew onboard the Voskhod ("sunrise") spacecraft.


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2014

Kosmos-2499: Is it a spy or an assassin... or both?

Published: October 30; updated: October 31

 

After a complex orbital dance, Russia's mysterious maneuverable orbiter came ever closer to its apparent target in space and to a possible climax of its secret mission. Space observers around the world hold their breath in anticipation!

On December 25, 2013, at 04:31:54 Moscow Time, a Rockot booster lifted off from Russia's Northern launch site in Plesetsk on a seemingly routine mission to replenish the Rodnik communications satellite constellation, which has been operating in orbit since 2005.

However, unlike previous six launches, which had carried a trio of small Rodnik satellites each, this rocket also released a fourth object into orbit.

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More on the subject: Russia's military satellites | Naryad anti-satellite system | IS anti-satellite system | Rodnik satellite family | Rockot booster


LATEST NEWS, UPDATES

 

Soyuz delivers seventh Meridian satellite

Progress M-25M flies to ISS on a modified Soyuz rocket

Russia to orbit South-Africa's first spy satellite Kondor-E

 

Russia launches a twin for its largest comsat

Soyuz launch failure investigation completed

Angara-5 to roll out to the launch pad for tests

 

MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Soyuz TMA-14M arrives at ISS

How Soyuz rides into orbit

Soyuz TMA-12M lands successfully

 

Russia subsitutes manned missions from Vostochny with Oka-T

Russia launches new cargo ship to ISS

Russian firm presses ahead with inflatable module

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Proton successfully returns to flight delivering a secret Olymp satellite

Second Persona comes back to life, joins info war over MH17

Russian "ghost" satellite continues mysterious orbital maneuvers

 

 

Egyptsat-2 to begin operational mission

Soyuz launches GLONASS-55 satellite

Rockot launches Rodnik trio

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

Ukraine's Lybid to be ready for launch by year end

Failure scenarion emerges in Galileo launch

Russia plans new Ellipse comsat constellation

 

Meteor-M2 delivers its first image

Soyuz to launch Sentinel-1B

Soyuz successfully launches four O3b birds

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

ESA narrows down the ExoMars landing site choices

Foton-M4 lands, geckos lost

Russia might add another orbiter to its fleet of lunar probes

 

 

Russia initiates work on solar sail

India ends cooperation with Russia on lunar landing

First Vozvrat capsule to fly in 2021

ROCKETRY

 

Culprit in Soyuz failure with Galileo FOC M1 satellites found

Proton failure investigation officially completed

Bulava flies test mission

 

 

Russia's newest space city

Roskosmos proposes to scale down Angara facilities

Proton to return to flight on Sept. 28

 

HISTORY

 

Chelomei at 100: Nuclear UR-700

Energia-M launch vehicle

Space program's biggest explosion: N1-5L

 

 

Chelomei at 100: LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

 

 

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