SAR-400 is a robot designed by Russian engineers for performing various kinds of tasks which may occur in space. The first model is undergoing tests now. Today it can do simple things which however can be dangerous for people. For example it can carry out an external
inspection of space vehicles for damages. It has two hands-manipulators with fingers and it can simulate all actions of an operator. The robot's manipulators have 21st degree of freedom, its arms - 28th degree. The mass of the robot is 144 kg.
Many Soviet children used to dream about becoming cosmonauts. Or to be somehow related to cosmonautics. But today it's seldom like this. Nevertheless different new projects are still being worked on and people are simply unaware of them. Here is one of such
projects. RD-861K rocket engine has been developed based on RD-861 which was used for early modifications of the carrier rocket "Cyclone". Fire tests have been conducted since 2007. The engine is planned to be used for the third stage of "Cyclone-4".
Do we really know what is there, out in space? Not really much, we can only look at stars or ... hear them. Smart radiophysicist gave us such an opportunity when had built their huge metal plates in dense pine forests far from big busy cities. The grand ears of the planet were intended to contact the far and
alien space. They used to sit at a fire and sing their romantic songs when rested from numerous devices, apparatuses, indicators... We don't know what stars told them. But today all those devices are broken, the grand ears of the planet only hear rustling leaves of young birches....