Russian space chiefs launch a secret “military cargo” into orbit around the Earth

Kremlin space leaders launched a secret military spaceship into Earth orbit using the new Russian Angara 1.2 rocket.

The launch took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the city of Mirny in the northwestern Arkhangelsk Oblast region of Russia on April 29.

One statement claimed that a space “fighter crew” had launched the unidentified payload for the Russian Defense Ministry.

It is understood that it was likely launching a new top secret military radar satellite system into space, for use in the war Ukraine.

The launch took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in the city of Mirny, in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, on April 29.

The launch took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in the city of Mirny, in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, on April 29.

What is the Plesetsk Cosmodrome?

The Plesetsk Cosmodrome, established in 1957, is a special military site, originally designed to test the R-7 ICBM.

During the existence of the Soviet Union, Plesetsk was mainly used to launch classified military payloads, most often the “Zenit” photographic reconnaissance satellites.

Due to the confidential nature of the Cosmodrome, the USSR did not officially recognize its existence until 1983.

However, the launch site was discovered by British physics teacher Geoffrey Perry and his students, who carefully analyzed the orbit of the Russian Kosmos 112 satellite in 1966.

They were able to deduce that the satellite was not launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Cosmodrome has only gotten busier in recent years, as Kazakhstan, now an independent country, has started charging Russia $ 115 million a year for the use of the country.

There are also security concerns regarding the launch of classified missions from non-Russian-owned complexes.

Video footage of the night launch shows the rocket making its way across the sky from a remote site.

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement on April 30: “From the State Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk region, the combat crew of the Aerospace Space Forces Strength [VKS] successfully launched an Angara-1.2 light class launch vehicle with a spacecraft in the interest of the Russian Defense Ministry.

‘The launch of the carrier rocket and the launch of the spacecraft into the calculated orbit took place in normal mode.

“Two minutes after launch, the Angara-1.2 launch vehicle was accepted for escort by ground controls at the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center.”

The spacecraft was designated “Kosmos 2555” after the successful launch.

The statement continued: “Stable communication with the spacecraft has been established and maintained and its onboard systems are operating in normal mode.

“After the spacecraft was launched into orbit, the officers of the Space Control Center entered the data into the main catalog of space objects of the Russian space control system and proceeded to analyze and process the information on the new space object to accept it. for tracking from the ground structures of the VKS Main Space Intelligence Center.

“In total, over 30 ground-based measuring instruments and over 50 combat crews of the 15th Army of the Aerospace Forces (Special Purpose) were involved in securing the launch of the Russian Defense Ministry spacecraft.”

The secret payload was launched by a Russian Angara 1.2 rocket. This was the first operational flight of Angara 1.2, after a suborbital test flight to verify that all systems were working.

The secret payload was launched by a Russian Angara 1.2 rocket. This was the first operational flight of Angara 1.2, after a suborbital test flight to verify that all systems were working.

The spacecraft was designated “Kosmos 2555” after the successful launch

The European Space Agency will no longer work with Russia on future lunar and Mars missions

The European Space Agency has concluded its collaboration with Russia on future lunar and Mars missions.

He confirmed that he would no longer collaborate with the Moscow space agency Roscosmos for the Moon 25, 26 or 27 lunar missions, or the ExoMars mission, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“As an intergovernmental organization charged with developing and implementing space programs in full respect of European values, we deeply regret the human victims and the tragic consequences of the aggression against Ukraine,” ESA said.

“While recognizing the impact on scientific space exploration, ESA is fully aligned with the sanctions imposed on Russia by its member states.”

The Plesetsk Cosmodrome, established in 1957, is a special military site, originally designed to test the R-7 ICBM.

Since its inception, the Cosmodrome has continued to launch the R-7 derived Soyuz, Cosmos-3M, Rokot, Tsyklon, and the most recent addition to launchers, Angara.

Due to the confidential nature of the Cosmodrome, the USSR did not officially recognize its existence until 1983.

This was the first operational flight of Angara 1.2 after a suborbital test flight to verify that all systems were working and three test flights of the Angara-A5 variant to test its effectiveness in launching payloads into orbit.

While the Angara 1.2 can only launch 8,400 pounds (3,800 kg) into low Earth orbit, the more capable Angara A5 can carry 7.5 tons (16,500 pounds).

This launch is the first of three planned launches for Angara in 2022, with another launch scheduled for Roscosmos, the Russian state space agency, and a commercial flight to South Korea.

The launch comes a few days later Roscosmos announced that he would withdraw from the International Space Station.

The ISS is jointly operated by Moscow and Washington, and a full Russia withdrawal is expected to pose major challenges to the operation, as Russian rockets carry much of the cargo needed to maintain the space station.

However, in recent years NASA has partnered with private commercial entities, most notably Elon Musk’s SpaceX, to deliver cargo and conduct manned flights into space, which could help reduce their dependence on Russia.

The Russian space agency has not provided an exact date of its withdrawal, but has confirmed that it will respect the set one-year notice period.

Russia will leave the International Space Station due to economic sanctions for the war in Ukraine

Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station and no longer work with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), according to the head of its space program.

Roscosmos director general Dmitry Rogozin told Russian state TV today that Moscow will no longer cooperate with its international partners aboard the ISS, confirming that the decision to withdraw has already been made.

He said Roscosmos is not required to provide an exact date of his retirement, but said the Russian space program will adhere to the one-year notice period.

“The decision has already been made and we are not obliged to discuss it publicly,” Rogozin told Rossiya 24, although he said on Friday that Russia will continue to work on the ISS “on schedule set by our government, until at least 2024. . ‘