Review of the latest news of the space industry

Review of the latest news of the space industry


We have prepared for you the latest news about space exploration. The department of cosmos exploration was established in the MSU, in 2018 China will start the construction of a permanent space station, the US satellite of a new generation was put into orbit – the today’s review of includes all these and a host of other things.

First female cosmonaut is sure Russians will be first to set foot on Mars

At the All-Russian forum “Future Intellectual Leaders of Russia”, Valentina Tereshkova was asked a few questions about the prospects of space exploration.

According to her, Russian cosmonauts will be pioneers in the exploration of Mars. Americans still fly aboard Russian space vehicles with the help of Russian carrier rockets and are not going to create their own spaceships.

When answering the question regarding her flight to Mars, Tereshkova said she would have been ready to go, if it was not for her age.

Lander module for Exomars-2020 mission will be ready 9 months before the flight

The second stage of Exomars mission is planned for 2020. During the mission the Mars rover with Russian platform will be sent to the Red Planet. The aim of the mission is to get and study samples of Martian soil.

The vehicle and platform are already being developed by the Lavochkin Research and Production Association. Their fabrication is to be finished 9 months before the launch of the module, i.e. in 2019.

China to start the construction of permanent space station in 2018

China is looking for the engineers who will work on the national space station. Currently, the country carries out a preliminary selection among engineers working in the space industry. The number of personnel is to be increased because of the planned construction of a permanent Chinese orbital station.

Its construction is scheduled for 2018, and the station will be in service around 2022. The station will include the main module and two laboratory ones. It was developed with the expectation of not less than 10 years of operation. This project will be preceded by the launch of Tiangong-1, which will take place in 2017. It will dock with the lab module. During the docking the team will practice the space station fueling as well.

MSU to open Department of space study

At the annual all-Russian forum “Future Intellectual Leaders of Russia”, which is held in Yaroslavl, rector of the Moscow State University said that the MSU will open the Department for training of specialists in the study of the cosmos. According to him, the Vostochny space center requires skilled professionals. Moreover, the President of the country has also set a task on active development of cosmic exploration.

Lomonosov Moscow State University has already launched 6 satellites. Currently, one of them is working on orbit, transmitting research data that is processed by the MSU graduate students and masters.

New-generation US meteosat is put on orbit

Atlas V rocket has deployed weather satellite on intended orbit. It has already separated, revealed the solar panels and is in autonomous flight mode now. The missile was launched from Air Force base launching site in Florida with an hour delay due to technical reasons. The satellite will start to perform its functions in a few months.

The new satellite will monitor changes in the atmosphere over the western hemisphere. It can update the data about specific regions every 30 seconds, while previously launched satellites are able to do it every 6 minutes only. There is also difference in the quality of the received images – new satellite makes very clear and high-quality images. The United States is also planning to launch several more such satellites.

Russian Space Systems JSC started the development of new antenna for all-weather satellites

The RSS has already started the production of high-tech reconfigurable antennas for remote sensing satellites. Radiodetectors will receive clear images of the Earth surface with resolution up to 1 meter. They will register all the changes of the landscape and weather conditions. Antennas will be installed on small space vehicles, such as Kondor-E.