Frickin’ Lasers!! In Space! Anatoly Zak is normally the feller I associate with Russianspaceweb.com. It’s a really great site that goes into extreme detail about Russia’s rockets, satellites, and space programs. But he goes to the eleven with this latest article he manged to get on Popular Mechanics. The Soviets designed a laser gun for […]Read More June 15, 2018: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
I found this 2001 Air & Space article during my research about Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite. It’s a very good first person account of a visit out to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and some of the run-ups and rituals for launching from there. The writer was there for a launch of the first permanent International Space […]Read More Baikonur Cosmodrome
Popular Mechanics has a great post, The Hidden History of the Soviet Satellite-Killer, of the history of Soviet/Russian antisatellite (ASAT) systems. Did you know the first successful satellite interception test probably happened a little over 45 years ago? And the Soviets were the ones to do it? It’s a worthwhile read, if you’re interested. For the rest […]Read More Soviet AntiSatellite History
Well, “the reflex”-ive answer is “Nowhere, of course!!” But what does happen to space launch facilities once a program goes away? Maybe some people “save a prayer” for them,” but in most of the modern world, facilities tend to be reused. Space launch complex-6 (SLC-6) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is a good example […]Read More Buran Buran: when notorious space programs die on planet earth, where do the buildings go? Rio?
Popular Mechanics posted this article and these pictures of an old Soviet spacesuit factory. According to the article, the Tomilino, Russia-based factory is still manufacturing things (but doesn’t really say spacesuits, specifically). They apparently manufactured spacesuits for cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin–and for dogs named Laika, too. The toilet looks, um, functional. Related articles Skydiver record could affect spacesuit […]Read More Russian spacesuits, showers, and toilets for space operators