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Russia to Test New Soyuz Booster on Oct. 29

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 08 May 2004, 04:04
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Post 26 Oct 2004, 01:03
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military will test a new-generation rocket booster this week that could eventually be used to launch civilian cargoes into space, Itar-Tass news agency said Monday.

Tass quoted Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov as reporting to President Vladimir Putin that a Soyuz-M2 booster would blast off Friday from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwest Russia.

Ivanov told Putin the new booster would initially allow Russia to launch military satellites from launchpads inside Russian territory, Tass reported.

"If the test is successful, the new booster will in future also be used to deliver into orbit spacecraft with civilian, scientific and commercial cargoes," Ivanov said.

Russia has to use the Baikonur cosmodrome, nearly 3,000 km (1,800 miles) southeast of Plesetsk in the neighboring republic of Kazakhstan, to launch large satellites and manned spacecraft with its current Soyuz booster.

Baikonur's position nearer the equator means it can use the earth's rotation more effectively to catapult rockets into space, using less fuel than more northerly sites.

But Russia's space program is keen to launch more rockets from its own soil.

Ivanov said the new booster would also be launched from the Kouru space center in French Guyana under a deal between Russia and France, Tass reported.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 05 Jun 2004, 18:45
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Post 26 Oct 2004, 18:22
Unfortunately, I think that the near-future if civilian Spaceflight will be dominated by private enterprise in the United States. Although the only way for civilians to get into orbit, as it stands now, is through Russia, it is horrendously expensive, and really not feasible. I do hope that further down the road, China, Russia, and the US, will promote more civilian travel to the Space Station, and longer orbital flights.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Feb 2005, 21:48
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Post 30 Mar 2005, 02:05
Richard branson is planning VIRGIN private space flights from th uk I think prices start from 2 million a ticket nahh thats not right I will have to find ou!
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Mar 2005, 09:25
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Post 01 Apr 2005, 22:58
i heard it was £200,000. damn rich people
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