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Life-carrying capsule to orbit Earth for two months

Published: July 18; updated: July 19

 

Russia launched its latest version of an unmanned retrievable spacecraft with around two dozen of experiments and live organisms to be exposed to weightlessness, radiation and vacuum of space. The ball-shaped capsule of the Foton-M spacecraft will parachute back to Earth after almost two months in orbit. The Foton is a direct descendant of the Vostok spacecraft, which carried the first man into space in 1961.

The liftoff of a Soyuz-2-1a rocket from Site 31 in Baikonur took place as scheduled on July 19, 2014, at 00:50 Moscow Time (6:50 p.m. EST on Friday). The launch vehicle was carrying the 6,840-kilogram Foton-M No. 4 spacecraft (a.k.a. Foton-M4) for conducting microgravity experiments in space, including the production of semiconductors, as well as for biomedical and biological research.

Related pages: Foton project | Bion project | Soyuz-2 rocket | Site 31 in Baikonur


Other news, updates:

July 22: Soyuz developer shows Putin future super-rocket

July 17: Russian firm presses ahead with inflatable module

July 21: Relek undergoes tests in orbit

July 15: Soyuz rocket developer to build Russia's ISS module
July 17: Soyuz to launch Sentinel-1B July 14: Egyptsat-2 to begin operational mission

MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Russia delivers fresh crew to ISS

Problems with next Russian ISS module go from bad to worse

NASA limits cooperation with Russia

 

Soyuz TMA-12M lifts off, fails to dock on time

Soyuz-TMA-10M lands

Russia works on a new-generation space module

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Soyuz launches GLONASS-55 satellite

Rockot launches Rodnik trio

Persona-2 fails in orbit?

 

 

Soyuz launches milsat

Egyptsat-2 delivers first images

Soyuz launches GLONASS satellite

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

Soyuz successfully launches four O3b birds

Russia launches new weather watcher

Rockot launches Gonets trio

 

Dnepr launches a cluster of satellites

Sea Launch delivers Eutelsat-3B

Crimean "silver lining" for Russian communications satellites

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Academy of Sciences kills Karat project

Russian X-ray observatory to fly in 2016

Four potential sites for ExoMars eyed

 

 

ExoMars to pave the way for soil sample return

ExoMars-2016 core module completed

Aist-2 to be developed by 2015

ROCKETRY

 

Angara-5 to replace Proton

Angara-5 to fly its first test mission next

Angara flies maiden mission

 

 

Proton fails again with Ekspress satellite

A colossal fire threatens Vostochny Cosmodrome

Second stage of Soyuz rocket

 

HISTORY

 

LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

 

 

A rare look inside Crimean mission control center

Russia takes over Ukrainian space facility in Crimea

1st launch of N1

 

 

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