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Russian Space Industry To Receive $69 Billion Through 2020

January 1st, 2013 01:41 admin View Comments

Space

An anonymous reader sends word that the Russian Space industry will be getting a big boost over the next eight years. Prime Minister Medvedev has approved $68.71 billion in space-related funding from 2013 to 2020. That’s a huge increase from the $3.3 billion spent annually in 2010 and 2011. The increased funding is one of several efforts to restoring Russia’s slowly fading spaceflight capabilities. “The failure of a workhorse Proton rocket after launch in August caused the multimillion-dollar loss of an Indonesian and a Russian satellite. A similar problem caused the loss of a $265 million communications satellite last year. Medvedev criticized the state of the industry in August, saying problems were costing Russia prestige and money.” Medvedev said, “The program will enable our country to effectively participate in forward-looking projects, such as the International Space Station, the study of the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies in the solar system.”

Source: Russian Space Industry To Receive $69 Billion Through 2020

Russian High-Tech Export Scandal Produces 8 Arrests in Houston

October 4th, 2012 10:45 admin View Comments

Crime

Penurious Penguin writes “Millionaire Alexander Fishenko, owner of US-based Arc Electronics Inc, and seven others have been arrested in Houston Texas, with a total of 11 indicted in a conspiracy to smuggle advanced microelectronics from the U.S. to Russia. The technology allegedly involves components of radar, weapons guidance, and detonators. Amongst the evidence are accounting records indicating notable similarity between the revenue of Arc Electronics and the Russian Federation’s defense spending; intercepted phone calls and emails; and a letter to Arc Electronics from a Russian domestic intelligence lab complaining of defective microchips . A Russian foreign ministry spokesman has denied there were any intelligence connections in the affair.”

Source: Russian High-Tech Export Scandal Produces 8 Arrests in Houston

Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans

July 9th, 2012 07:03 admin View Comments

Censorship

decora writes “If you visit Russian Wikipedia today you will be forgiven for thinking the entire site has crashed. It is not a crash, but a protest of the Russian State Duma’s Bill 89417-6 According to Ria Novosti, the bill is ‘proposing a unified digital blacklist of all websites containing pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas.’ Russian Wikipedia’s main page has been replaced with a redacted logo and a protest text, part of which says ‘The Wikipedia community protests against censorship, dangerous to free knowledge, open to all mankind. We ask you to support us in opposing this bill.’ (translation by Google Translate)”

Source: Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans

Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

May 10th, 2012 05:10 admin View Comments

Transportation

First time accepted submitter Prokur writes “A brand new Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner on a demonstration flight with 37 passengers (mostly future clients and journalists) and 8 Russian crew members on board went missing after it took off from an airport in Jakarta. After an extensive search, rescuers concluded, based on the widespread debris field on the side of a ridge, that the aircraft directly impacted the rocky side of Mount Salak and there was ‘no chance of survival.’”

Source: Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

Lost Russian Mars Probe Phones Home

November 23rd, 2011 11:55 admin View Comments

Australia

astroengine writes “The lost Russian Mars mission Phobos-Grunt has made a surprise announcement: she’s alive. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a tracking station in Perth, Australia, picked up a signal from the ailing spacecraft.”

Source: Lost Russian Mars Probe Phones Home

Russian President Interested In Funding ReactOS

September 14th, 2011 09:05 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes “When Russian President Dmitri Medvedev recently visited a high school where ReactOS developer Marat Karatov happens to study, Karatov took the opportunity to present the open-source Windows-a-like to the President, and got a rather more enthusiastic reaction than might be expected — the President found the project interesting, and would consider funding it.” Be forewarned that the BBC article takes a few statements by the developers about boot time and compatibility out of context.

Source: Russian President Interested In Funding ReactOS

Russian Space Agency Determines Cause of Soyuz Crash

September 8th, 2011 09:55 admin View Comments

ISS

An anonymous reader writes “The online version of the San Francisco Chronicle sfgate reports the cause of the loss of a Soyuz rocket in August. The Russian Space Agency, ROSCOSMOS says a manufacturing flaw led to the failure of a gas generator.”

Source: Russian Space Agency Determines Cause of Soyuz Crash

Russian Resupply Crash Could Mean Leaving ISS Empty

August 28th, 2011 08:28 admin View Comments

ISS

astroengine writes “In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash shortly after launch on Aug. 24, a chain of events has been set into motion that could result in the decision not to fly astronauts into orbit. If this happens, the ISS will be temporarily mothballed before the end of the year to avoid landing astronauts during the harsh Kazakh winter.”

Source: Russian Resupply Crash Could Mean Leaving ISS Empty

Russia Approves Siberia-Alaska Railway

August 23rd, 2011 08:40 admin View Comments

Transportation

An anonymous reader writes “In what could easily be one of the boldest infrastructure developments ever announced, the Russian Government has given the go-ahead to build a transcontinental railway linking Siberia with North America. The massive undertaking would traverse the Bering Strait with the world’s longest tunnel – a project twice the length of the Chunnel between England and France. The project aims to feed North America with raw goods from the Siberian interior and beyond, but it could also provide a key link to developing a robust renewable energy transmission corridor that feeds wind and tidal power across vast distances while linking a railway network across 3/4 of the Northern Hemisphere.”

Source: Russia Approves Siberia-Alaska Railway

Russian President: Time To Reform Copyright

June 7th, 2011 06:50 admin View Comments

Government

An anonymous reader writes “While most of the rest of the world keeps ratcheting up copyright laws by increasing enforcement and terms, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appears to be going in the other direction. He’s now proposing that Russia build Creative Commons-style open and free licenses directly into Russian copyright law. This comes just a few days after he also chided other G8 leaders for their antiquated views on copyright.”

Source: Russian President: Time To Reform Copyright

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