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16.05.2019

Victory Day flights

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Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

17.04.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

35 photos

Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

12.04.2019

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

21.03.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

52 photos

On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

07.02.2019

From Russia with love

9 photos

Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.

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Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-10 launch

This October we traditionally went to Baikonur together with a big international team of space fans to see off to space Soyuz MS-10 crew with commander Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and flight engineer NASA astronaut Nick Hague.

We watched the roll-out of the rocket from the integration building and its installation onto Launchpad 1, from which Gagarin’s Vostok was launched and from which all manned spacecrafts are launched ever since; we visited all possible pads, sights and museums of Baikonur, learned a lot about its history and construction. During the excursion in the International space school our guests even had a chance to launch their own rockets, though small but nonetheless significant.

On October 11, the launch date, we watched the crew walking out of the Cosmonaut hotel at Pad 17, then visited famous historical Alley and, following the crew’s steps, left for the launchsite to see how the crew already wearing spacesuits reports to the Head of State Commission on the readiness for the launch.
At 14.40 local time the rocket lifted off to the bright clear skies but for the first time in 35 years the spacecraft was not orbited. Due to a booster failure in 119 seconds the launch was aborted and emergency escape system engines ignited. The descent capsule with the crew safely landed in Zhezkazgan region.

Everyone was worried about the cosmonauts. Finally, it was reported that the search and rescue service operational crew had found the capsule and helped the crew out, the cosmonauts’ health condition was stable.
It is so amazing that Soviet specialists back then had designed such a reliable and perfect emergency system able to save cosmonauts’ lives at any stage of the launch.

This off-nominal situation united our group even more but anyhow it’d better never happen again.
Below is our traditional photo report.

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Victory Day flights

21 photos

Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

35 photos

Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

52 photos

On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

From Russia with love

9 photos

Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.