Batch production of star sensors in Russia to start in 2016

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A resident of the “Skolkovo” fund space technology cluster – “Azmerit” – plans to begin batch production of compact star sensors in the first half of 2016, CEO of “Azmerit” Marat Abubekerov told RIA Novosti at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015.

“In June 2015, a prototype of a compact star sensor for spacecraft was created. The prototype is currently undergoing ground tests. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016”, – he said.

Abubekerov reminded that in Russia, unlike many Western countries, development and production of compact star sensors weighing 100-200 grams and having dimensions of 5-10 centimeters that can be installed at the nano- and micro-satellites, do not virtually exist.

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Russian Aerospace Forces to receive more than 250 aircraft and helicopters this year

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The Aerospace Forces expect to receive more than 250 aircraft and helicopters in 2015, Commander of the Aerospace Forces, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev told reporters on Wednesday.

“We expect to get more than 250 aircraft and helicopters this year. And there’s no doubt that we will receive these aircraft from the industry,” – said the commander at the MAKS-2015.

According to him, “there is even the possibility of outstripping supplies instead of 2016” on some aircraft models.

RKS: GLONASS is scheduled to be commissioned to Defense Ministry by year’s end

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The GLONASS satellite navigation system can be put into operation of the Russian Defense Ministry by the year’s end, CEO of “Russian Space Systems” Andrei Tyulin told reporters.

“We are must comply with our obligations. After that, the Defense Ministry will decide whether it is satisfied with the system, whether to take it into operation. A question of when it will be decided –this year or at the beginning of next year – is out of our competence. But right the other day, the aerospace forces have held a meeting on this issue and it was decided that the tests should be completed this year. We will make every effort to deliver the system to the customer within this period,” – said Tyulin.

Russia is testing system to combat aerospace attack means

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This year, “Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies” (KRET, part of Rostec) plans to launch state tests of a fundamentally new multilevel system of electronic warfare designed to counter the systems and means of aerospace attack, Adviser to the First Deputy General Director of KRET, Vladimir Mikheev told RIA Novosti.

“This year, KRET plans to start, and the following year to finish state tests of a fundamentally new system of electronic warfare, intended for jamming the most modern tools and systems of aerospace attack. There will be created a whole family of multifunction systems and systems of intelligence, electronic warfare, and control, which will provide fundamentally new features to combat air and space reconnaissance, targeting, use of precision weapons, navigation,” – said Mikheev.

Promising “Obzor-R” Earth remote sensing satellite to be shown at MAKS

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The first Russian promising “Obzor-R” Earth remote sensing complex, scheduled to be launched in 2018, will receive a unique highly detailed locator, CEO of Samara-based Space Rocket Center “Progress” Alexander Kirilin told RIA Novosti.

A prototype of the “Obzor-R” promising spacecraft will be presented at the international aerospace show MAKS-2015 at a scale of 1:10.

According to technical characteristics, the term of active existence of the “Obzor-R” spacecraft will amount to 5 years. It is planned to be launched on the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket.

The device will complete tasks of various ministries and departments of the Russian Federation: mapping, monitoring of natural and man-made emergencies, identifying potentially dangerous geological processes, mineral exploration, and many others. It will be able to conduct remote sensing of the Earth at the time when clouds or nighttime make it difficult or impossible optoelectronic devices to operate.

Russia to engage US in space wars with new electronic warfare technology

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The Russian Defense Ministry has developed new technology to counter US battle stations in space, said Igor Nasenkov, the first deputy head of Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (RETC), according to Russian media sources.

“If the United States starts developing and launching its battle stations into space, Russia will have to respond in kind — namely with the development of high-performance Electronic Warfare (EW) tools on different types of bases; the use of these tools will be a distinct advantage [for Russia],” Nasenkov said, as quoted by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Forest changes space monitoring system Kedr implementation begins in Far East

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Implementation of forest changes space monitoring system “Kedr” which will monitor the situation in the forests of the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, begins in the Far East, according to the website of Minvostokrazvitie.

It is noted that a decision on the testing and implementation of the system was made at a meeting in the Far embassy. In the first stage, “Kedr” will be introduced in test mode in the territory of certain forest areas, according to RIA Novosti.

“The authorities of Primorye and Khabarovsk territories are ready to test the system technically and institutionally. At the end of the year on the results of the testing proposals will be prepared to create a common information space in the sphere of protection and use of forests in the Far East,” it was reported to the director of the Department territorial and socio-economic development of Minvostokrazvitie of the Russian Federation Grigory Smolyak.

Russia to launch space based missile warning system

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Russia will have a space-based missile approach warning system up and running by 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Wednesday.

“This task will be completed by 2020, including by bringing back our orbital fleet of missile warning satellites,” Rogozin told members of the Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament.

“We also hope that once with the bill on establishing Roscosmos Corporation has been signed into law, we will take maximum three months to close down the Federal Space Agency and Roscosmos setting down to work this coming fall,” he added.

Space objects in the Crimea to be restored

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The existing space infrastructure in the Crimea is in “poor” condition, it is planned to be restored, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.
“Together with the leadership of the Russian Space Agency we have studied this question, moreover, visited the site. It is in a miserable condition. All that space infrastructure in the Crimea is not supported in any way,” said Dmitry Rogozin, when asked whether there were plans to use the space objects in Crimea.
“We have an understanding that it should be restored,” said Dmitry Rogozin, introducing the draft law on state corporation Roscosmos in the Federation Council.
He noted that in the Crimea, in particular, was a center of rehabilitation of astronauts, as well as Center for the Study of deep space, with unique competences, also in part of the asteroid-comet hazard analysis.

Russia developing system to ‘switch off’ foreign military satellites

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Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) is developing a fundamentally new electronic warfare system capable of suppressing cruise missile and other high-precision weaponry guidance systems and satellite radio-electronic equipment, KRET Deputy CEO Yuri Mayevsky told TASS on Thursday.

“The system will target the enemy’s deck-based, tactical, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic means and suppress foreign military satellites’ radio-electronic equipment,” Mayevsky said.

The system will be mounted on ground-based, air-and seaborne carriers, he added.

“It will not be based on satellites as this is prohibited by international rules and we comply with this rule,” he said.