Russia names new head of country's space program

MOSCOW, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Russia says it is replacing the head of its space program, Vladimir Popovkin, with a new space chief who was previously a deputy defense minister.

Russian space official denies report of problem in Soyuz return

MOSCOW, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The head of Russia's space agency denied a Russian spacecraft returning from the International Space Station flew blind after sensors failed during descent.

Russia may resume Proton launches after July failure

MOSCOW, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Russia's Roscosmos space agency says it plans to resume launches of its Proton-M rockets, with five scheduled before the end of the year.

Head of Russia's space agency given reprimand for incompetence

MOSCOW, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev officially reprimanded the head of the Federal Space Agency for incompetence, the government press service said.
Russia may join asteroid retrieval mission

Russia may join asteroid retrieval mission

MOSCOW, April 4 (UPI) -- Russia says its Roscosmos space agency may join NASA in an ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and bring it to a lunar orbit for exploration.
Brightman's trip to space could be on hold

Brightman's trip to space could be on hold

MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) -- Russian and U.S. space agencies said they may not send British singer Sarah Brightman to the International Space Station as was previously planned.
European pact on Mars mission signed

European pact on Mars mission signed

PARIS, March 14 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos space agency have formally signed an agreement to cooperate on a science mission to Mars, officials said.
Russia mulls asteroid 'shield' plan

Russia mulls asteroid 'shield' plan

MOSCOW, March 12 (UPI) -- Russia will have a plan by year's end for a program to protect itself against objects like the meteor that exploded last month over the Urals, officials said.

Official: No crisis in Russia's space work

MOSCOW, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Despite a recent string of failures, rumors of a crisis in the Russian space industry are "absolutely wrong," the head of Russia's space agency said.
Russia plans robot moon mission for 2015

Russia plans robot moon mission for 2015

MOSCOW, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Russia says it will launch a robotic lunar mission dubbed Lunar-Glob in 2015 as part of a resurrected program previously on hold due to lack of funding.

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Russia ready to sign on to Mars project

MOSCOW, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's Federal Space Agency says it could sign an agreement in the first quarter of 2012 on participating in a European Mars research project.

Russia designs manned lunar spacecraft

MOSCOW, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Russian space company Energia has completed the technical design of a manned spacecraft whose flight tests would be initiated in 2017, company officials say.

Shakeup of Russian space industry ordered

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's far-flung space industry will reorganized into five or six large holdings, the head of the country's space agency says.

Russia: Wayward rocket no threat to ISS

MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Russian rocket that failed to put its payload into orbit is not a threat to the International Space Station, Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos said.
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