Russia to launch two European satellites

Russia to launch two European satellites

There are 83 comments on the St Petersburg News story from Oct 8, 2009, titled Russia to launch two European satellites. In it, St Petersburg News reports that:

St Petersburg News.Net Tuesday 6th October, 2009 Moscow, Oct 6 Russia will launch two European satellites Nov 2 from the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia, a report said Tuesday.

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Jacko

Lake Forest, IL

#1 Oct 9, 2009
This is a peaceful use of technology. Meanwhile, the US blows up a part of the moon. They say its to look for water. Blowing things up in space sems to be an american past time lately.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#2 Oct 9, 2009
Jacko wrote:
This is a peaceful use of technology. Meanwhile, the US blows up a part of the moon. They say its to look for water. Blowing things up in space sems to be an american past time lately.
Actually there is a lot of peacefull cooperation going on - unfortunatelly nearly all the threads here are about some kind of confrontation. For example I myself was surprised recently to learn that US Arian rockets which put on the orbit american satelites - use Russian build engines, which Russia exports to United States for several years already ! Still, all the threads here are about confrontation and portraying Russia as an empire of evil.Is it a policy of the owners of the site? Who are those owners? With whom they are associated? Which forces are behind them?... Very sad.
Small Town America

United States

#3 Oct 9, 2009
Jacko wrote:
This is a peaceful use of technology. Meanwhile, the US blows up a part of the moon. They say its to look for water. Blowing things up in space sems to be an american past time lately.
ha! another biased and Anti-American opinion..blowing a thirteen foot hole in the moon to ascertain if water exists is an important scientific test.and, it certainly does not consitute "blowing up a part of the moon"...and all that russian space junk that falls all around us is not worthy of a comment..of course, the USA's use of peaceful technology, such as manned landings on the moon, space craft, lunar machines, etc. is also not worthy of your biased opinions..Jacko, you are a fraud..You are not an American..
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#4 Oct 10, 2009
Not "Arian" rocket ofcource, but american "Atlas" rocket is powered by Russian RD-180 engine, sorry...

pesky the real deal

“Safe pair of hands”

Since: Nov 08

where the trouble is

#5 Oct 10, 2009
without those russian engines, there are no rockets.
could we say, Bugs Bunnys Hopping Carrot Hunt road show only ?
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#6 Oct 10, 2009
pesky the real deal wrote:
without those russian engines, there are no rockets.
could we say, Bugs Bunnys Hopping Carrot Hunt road show only ?
Wrong again. Without Wernher von Braun there would be no rockets. Wernher von Braun is the "the greatest rocket scientist in history" so it does not matter what others did or did not do.

pesky the real deal

“Safe pair of hands”

Since: Nov 08

where the trouble is

#7 Oct 10, 2009
luky, still having headache from last night ?
how about some cold cloth on your head ?

pesky the real deal

“Safe pair of hands”

Since: Nov 08

where the trouble is

#8 Oct 10, 2009
The RD-180 Russian booster engine has successfully powered 22 consecutive Atlas series rocket launches with 100 percent mission success.

"The high performance of the RD-180 and its demonstrated reliability are direct benefits to mission success,"

"The RD-180 engine has proven to be one of the most reliable and safest rocket engines in the world with its support of the Atlas series,"
so, once again, no booster, no flights !

“bless the USA”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#9 Oct 10, 2009
pesky the real deal wrote:
The RD-180 Russian booster engine has successfully powered 22 consecutive Atlas series rocket launches with 100 percent mission success.
"The high performance of the RD-180 and its demonstrated reliability are direct benefits to mission success,"
"The RD-180 engine has proven to be one of the most reliable and safest rocket engines in the world with its support of the Atlas series,"
so, once again, no booster, no flights !
LOL. Launched from Vandenberg. The first stage strap-on solid fuel boosters are US. The second stage engine is Pratt and Whitney, a private US company: no second stage, no orbit! Energomass is owned by the Russian state.

“bless the USA”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#10 Oct 10, 2009
Jacko wrote:
This is a peaceful use of technology. Meanwhile, the US blows up a part of the moon. They say its to look for water. Blowing things up in space sems to be an american past time lately.
Jacko, that is as stupid a thing as you've said so far.

“bless the USA”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#11 Oct 10, 2009
tor wrote:
Not "Arian" rocket ofcource, but american "Atlas" rocket is powered by Russian RD-180 engine, sorry...
Sorry, Tor, the 180 was a joint design effort and is now built under license by Pratt and Whitney. The first stage booster also has US solid fuel strap-ons and the second stage is all Pratt and Whitney. P&W is a private US company. The Atlas V is a great example of what could be done with Russia and The USA working together.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#12 Oct 10, 2009
Wikipedia :
RD-180 is a dual-combustion chamber, dual nozzle, Russian-developed rocket engine, derived from the RD-170 used in Zenit rockets. Like the four chamber RD-170, the combustion chambers of the RD-180 share a single turbopump unit. Rights to employ the RD-180 were acquired by General Dynamics Space Systems Division (later purchased by Lockheed Martin) in the early 1990s for use in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) and the Atlas program. As these programs were conceived to support United States government launches as well as commercial launches, it was arranged for the RD-180 to be co-produced by Pratt & Whitney. All production to date has been in Russia. The engine is currently sold by a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and NPO Energomash (the Russian developer and builder) called RD AMROSS.---------So as you see here "All production to date has been in Russia."...Give us facts and I 'll have no problem to agree. Actually I learned about all that a week ago - so no big difference for me, but looks like very important for you, so - links and quotes , please.......But what is really interesting to me -where did you take part in combat (you mentioned it in a response to Vor 2 days ago, please specify - I am not going to use it for mockery or smth, I promise. It is really interesting to me.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#13 Oct 10, 2009
May 07, 2008
Russia's Energomash is planning to double the number of engines produced for Atlas and Zenit launch vehicles in the future, the head of the company said on Tuesday. Energomash won tenders on the design and production of 101 RD-180 engines for U.S. Atlas carrier rockets and RD-171 engines for Russian-Ukrainian Zenit rockets in the 1990s. The company has built and delivered 41 RD-180 and 20 RD-171 engines so far.

"At present, we manufacture five RD-180 engines per year and we are planning to increase annual production to 8-10 in the near future," said Nikolai Pirogov, Energomash general director.

"In addition, we build 5-6 RD-171 engines per year and are also planning to raise this number to 10," he said.

Pirogov also said the company would finish testing an RD-191 engine for Russia's new Angara carrier rocket by the end of 2008.

"We are two-thirds of the way through," he said. "If we get sufficient financing, we will finish the work on the engine this year."

The Angara family of carrier rockets, designed by the Khrunichev center, will compliment, and eventually replace, the existing line of Rockot and Proton launch vehicles.

The new rocket can deliver a payload of up to 24.5 tons to a 200-km (124 miles) orbit.

Energomash conducts about 50 tests of new engines annually.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#14 Oct 10, 2009
RD-180 Rocket Engine Helps Launch High Profile NASA Missions

MOSCOW AIR SHOW, Zhukovsky, Russia, August 18, 2009 – The RD-180 rocket booster engine of RD AMROSS, LLC has helped launch a variety of high profile NASA missions. RD AMROSS is a joint venture of NPO Energomash of Russia and U.S.-based Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp.(NYSE:UTX) company.

Among the key exploratory missions launched aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicles with first-stage RD-180 propulsion, is NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LRO/LCROSS) in its planned return to the moon. The satellites were launched in June 2009 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. Mission objectives were to find safe landing sites on the moon, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment and test new technology.

Another key NASA mission launched with RD-180 power is NASA’s Pluto New Horizons, a scientific investigation to obtain the first reconnaissance of planet-like objects Pluto and Charon. The New Horizons spacecraft will capture information about surfaces, atmospheres, interiors and space environments through images and sensors among other data collection devices. The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, and is expected to reach Pluto-Charon by 2015. In the interim, the Pluto bound spacecraft came within 1.4 million miles of Jupiter, providing never-before-seen perspectives of our solar system’s largest planet.

Also on the RD-180’s list of high profile launches is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2005 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The orbiter’s primary science mission is to provide an in-depth study of Mars’ atmosphere to the underground layers with a focus on the history and distribution of the planet’s water.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#15 Oct 10, 2009
Again, please, specify - where did you take part in combat?
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#16 Oct 10, 2009
Profile: Preparing for the Post-Shuttle Era

By WARREN FERSTER, Space News Editor and
BECKY IANNOTTA, Space News Staff Writer
posted: 19 May 2009
05:15 pm ET

-How realistic is the notion that, if U.S.-Russian relations deteriorate badly, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne could manufacture the Atlas 5's RD-180 main engine domestically?

-Well, certainly we have all the paperwork to do it, and through our co-production efforts — which ended last July because they're no longer being funded — we have demonstrated what we believe are the hardest parts of that engine to build, the most technologically complex. So, could we pick it up and build the rest explicitly just from the paperwork received? Honestly, I would say that would be a challenge. We would be willing to give it a try, but the environment we've been operating under is that we would stand up a domestic production capability with process support from the Russians. And that process support would probably only have to last a few years and we could take it over ourselves. Overall, our general position has been we can do this engine in four to five years and a number we're throwing out there is about $700 million.

“bless the USA”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#17 Oct 10, 2009
"Use of the Russian engines boost the veteran rocket's lifting ... That same Russian design firm builds the Soyuz and other space ... The engine units will be assembled in the U.S. at a Pratt and Whitney plant in Florida....

"Pratt & Whitney supports the effort under which Russian-built RD-180 main engines are supplied for the Atlas 5, and also provides the RL10 upper-stage engine, variants of which are used on both launchers.

Tor, OK, P&W was licensed to build this engine just recently and currently assembles it. The USA builds the solid fuel strap-ons, the second stage engine, and United Space Alliance handles assembly and launch prep. In fact, United Space Alliance is headquartered in Houston and has a large facility right here in my town.

I served in three wars including Vietnam, the Cold War, and the first Gulf War. Beyond that, it is NOYB.
tor

Saint Petersburg, Russia

#18 Oct 10, 2009
So as far as I understand there were really plans of producing RD-180 in USA, but last summer USA decided not to proceed with those efforts and so now continue to import RD-180 which are produced in Russia........(please, answer my question about your army service.)
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#19 Oct 10, 2009
Ah so russians and americans working together again and trying to conquer space. Well at least there is something USA and Russia can cooperate with.

The new space race is Russia and USA against China. Of course China will win.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Tampere, Finland

#20 Oct 10, 2009
Kenhunt wrote:
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LOL. Launched from Vandenberg. The first stage strap-on solid fuel boosters are US. The second stage engine is Pratt and Whitney, a private US company: no second stage, no orbit! Energomass is owned by the Russian state.
So why are you americans working together with the russians anyway? Scared that China will defeat USA in the new space race?

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