Failed Rocket Start

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Lot of disappoinment caused the latest failure of Proton rocket to carry the GLONASS navigation satellites up to the orbit. It’s pretty interesting that out of more than twenty five launches this and last year only two were failures but both carried the GLONASS sats and no any GLONASS equipment were present during successful launches, which make them to speak about the “curse of GLONASS”. Others say it might be a money laundering by the scientists who want to cover up their misuse of the funds. However all those are just rumors that circulate around in blogs etc, what we have is a pretty spectacular video of a rocket failing and a news anchor failing to perceive what he is seeing.

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Space In the Palms of Abandoned Antennas

Space In the Palms of Abandoned Antennas

Dozens of kilometres afoot along snow, hardly passable path leading through the forest and soon we come to an abandoned site “F-3” of the science tracking station-14 which accomodates a transmitting antenna S-200P of the complex “Saturn-MS-DRC” and a two-storey underground command center of communication. Let’s have a walk along the territory.

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The Secret Base For Storage of Nuclear Warheads

The Secret Base For Storage of Nuclear Warheads

Krasnokamenka was a closed city of Ukraine where in the Soviet times there were built underground shops to collect nuclear warheads there to be subsequently transported to launch sites all over the central USSR and some Warsaw Treaty countries. For almost half a century this place was being surrounded with myths and legends but when Ukraine became an independent state the city was opened and all warheads were taken away to Russia.

Today there is a strictly guarded base of the elite regiment “Tiger” of the Ukrainian police on its territory. Most of the tunnels were re-equipped for munition storage.

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Huge Eagle Nest In the Woods

Huge Eagle Nest In the Woods

This amazing place was found by one geologist from Irkutsk in summer 1949. It was a huge convex truncated cone with an upper horizontal section. Inside it had a funnel-shaped recess with a dome-shaped hill right in the middle.

The cone was rather big. Its height was about 10-15 meters from the upper side and 70-80 meters from the bottom side. The average diameter of the cone was about 130-150 meters. The depth of the inner circular ditch was about 8-10 meters. It was clear the geologist found a unique natural formation which didn’t resemble any others. It was called the Patomsky crater after the river in the watershed of which it was located.

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The Very Heart of the Rocket

The Very Heart of the Rocket

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”.

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