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April 18, 2019

On April 17, 2019, the visit to Russia of Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Prince of Saudi Arabia, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi space committe took place. The Saudi delegation also included representatives of the Space Agency and the King Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center. During the meeting, the parties discussed the potential possibilities of bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful exploration and use of space. Saudi partners have shown interest in deepening relations between the two countries on a number of topics, such as manned cosmonautics, navigation satellite systems (and related technologies and services), Earth remote sensing and the joint development of space technology and ground-based space infrastructure.

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April 16, 2019

The cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov continues training tests in the GCTC. Alexander Skvortsov is preparing to fly in the main crew, which is scheduled to start in July of this year. During the training course, Alexander Skvortsov showed a confidently high level of knowledge and skills to perform a training cyclogram, having done well all the tasks.

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April 15, 2019

On April 13 the "Glonass-M" navigation satellite, created by the "Information Satellite Systems" company, was delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. The launch of the "Glonass-M" satellite is scheduled for May 13. It will be performed as part of the implementation of the activities of the Federal Govermental Program to support the orbital group of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System.

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April 12, 2019

The train with the "Proton-M" launch vehicle, the "Briz-M" upper stage, the head fairing and the transition system, designed to launch the powerful geostationary satellite "Yamal-601" in the interests of the Russian satellite communications operator Gazprom Space Systems, sent from the manufacturer Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow to the Baikonur cosmodrome. The "Yamal-601" satellite was manufactured by the French company Thales Alenia Space France according to the order of Gazprom Space Systems for the renovation and development of the Russian orbital "Yamal" group. On February 25, 2015 Khrunichev Space Center and Gazprom Space Systems signed a strategic cooperation agreement and a contract on the use of the "Proton" launch vehicle for launching the "Yamal-601" communications satellite. This was the fourth direct contract, signed by the Khrunichev Space Center and Gazprom Space Systems as part of the cooperation to develop the "Yamal" orbital group.

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April 12, 2019

On the 12th of April the spaceship «Vostok-1» was launched into space with Yuri Gagarin on board and after orbiting our planet successfully returned to the Earth. It was 108 minutes that changed the world! From RussianSpaceNews.com team we congratulates all professionals of space industry and just the fans of the cosmonautics with this main holiday!

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April 9, 2019

9 launches of "Soyuz" rockets with OneWeb space satellites will be performed from the Baikonur cosmodrome, 8 launches - from the Vostochny cosmodrome. “The first launch of OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome is planned to be held in the fourth quarter of 2019, from the Vostochny - in the second quarter of 2020”, Glavkosmos CEO (branch of Roskosmos), Dmitry Loskutov said to RIA Novosti. Now specialists are preparing areas for fall of the "Soyuz" stages in Yakutia and Kazakhstan.

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April 5, 2019

Today, on April 4, 2019, the "Soyuz-ST-B" launch vehicle with the "Fregat-MT" upper stage was successfully launched at 20:03 (Moscow time) from the Guiana Space Center with four European telecommunication satellites О3b, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space according to the order of the Luxembourg operator SES. Now their number in orbit is 16 satellites, and they provide high-speed mobile and fixed communications to residents. This launch was the 75th for the "Fregat" upper stage and the 22nd from the Guiana Space Center.

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April 4, 2019

The "Progress MS-11" cargo spaceship at 17:22 (Moscow time) docked to the IInternational Space Station (ISS) and became the fastest spacecraft in the history of flights to the ISS: the time from launch to docking was 3 hours 21minutes. Earlier at 14:01(Moscow time), "Progress MS-11" was launched from launch pad № 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome. Previously, the title of record holder belonged to the "Progress MS-09", which docked with the ISS 3 hours 40 minutes after the launch.

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April 4, 2019

Today, on April 4, at 14:01 (Moscow time), the launch vehicle "Soyuz-2.1a" with the "Progress MS-11"cargo spacecraft successfully launched from site № 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The automatic docking of the ship with the docking station of the ISS is scheduled at 17:25 (Moscow time). "Progress MS-11" will deliver to the ISS over 2.5 tons of various cargoes: more than 1.4 tons of dry cargo, 900 kg of fuel, 420 kg of water in the tanks, as well as 47 kg of compressed air and oxygen. In the packing of the cargo compartment - scientific equipment, components for the life support system, as well as containers with food products, clothing, medicines and personal care products for crew members.

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April 3, 2019

The "Soyuz-ST-B" launch vehicle with Fregat-MT upper stage and four European O3b satellites was rolled out and installed on the launch complex of Guiana Space Center on April 1. On the pre-launch days are also scheduled the autonomous checks of the "Fregat-MT" upper stage and the "Soyuz-ST-B" launch vehicle, control and final tests, as well as checking of the starting readiness of the upper stage. Launch is scheduled for April 4 at 19:30 (Moscow time).

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