Russia: Punginskoye UGS facility first start-up phase completed

StroyCazMontazh has completed the first start-up phase at the Punginskoye underground gas storage facility (UGS). Works for Punginskoye underground gas storage facility expansion have included installation of two 16MW GPUs and gas-collection system, consisting of 12 wells within three well groups, as well as construction of three administration buildings, a measuring point and a control…

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Russia: manned US missions to ISS on Atlas V Launcher to use Russian RD-180 engines

Manned US missions to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Atlas V launch system and Boeing’s newly developing capsule will be carried out using Russia’s RD-180 engines, the Energomash space and rocket engine director Igor Arbuzov said. The first unmanned test launch of the heavy-lift Atlas V vehicle with Boeing’s Crew Transportation System (CTS)…

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Russia: Khrunichev Center concludes two Proton launch contracts as part of multi-launch deal with Eutelsat

International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat have announced the signing of two launch contracts for the 2018-2020 period. ILS is a Khrunichev Space Center subsidiary, which provides Proton-based launch services for global international commercial satellite operators, and Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading operators of satellite communications, headquartered in Paris, France. The first…

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