Russia: October 2005 Archives

First Iranian satellite launched, BBC

"The Iranian satellite was joined by others from China and Europe Iran launched its first satellite into space from Plesetsk in northern Russia on Thursday, joining a select club of countries."

Mesbah 1 information

"various intelligence sources report that the satellite will also have limited surveillance capabilities and will be used by Iran to gather intelligence information on neighboring countries including American bases in Iraq, the Gulf and Israel."

Editor's note: This evening the House engaged in 40 minutes of floor debate on its own version of S. 1713 and then passed it by a voice vote.

House Floor Debate: Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act of 2005

Rep. Calvert Applauds Passage of the Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act

Rep Boehlert's Floor Statement on S. 1713

House Passes Iran Nonproliferation Act Amendment to Help U.S. Space Program

"The bill the House passed tonight would amend the INA to allow the U.S. to continue paying the Russians for services necessary to operate the Space Station until 2012. The Administration had originally sought language that would have, in effect, eliminated all limitations on payments to the Russians. The Senate version of the bill would have prevented payments after 2012, but would have allowed the U.S. to pay before 2012 for services that would be rendered after that date."

Space crew weathers a scare during re-entry, MSNBC

"As the Soyuz descent module headed back to Earth, instruments indicated that air was leaking out the same kind of failure that killed three cosmonauts in June 1971 on their way home from the worlds first space station, Russia's Salyut 1."

INA Update

Russians help Iran with missile threat to Europe, The Telegraph

"Rice, the US secretary of state, clashed with Russian officials over Iran's nuclear programme during a visit to Moscow yesterday, saying that Teheran must fulfil its obligations under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty."

Editor's note: As if this is going to make modifying the Iran Nonproliferation Act vis-a-vis buying Soyuz and Progress flights any easier ...

Photo Report: Orbital Module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle transported to the Launch Vehicle Assembly and Testing Facility, RSC Energia

Editor's note: I find it rather indicative of the true nature of the US/Russian relationship with regard to the ISS that the only time an American flag appears on a Russian launch vehicle carrying an American to the ISS is when one of the Americans on board is a paying (commercial) passenger. When Europeans fly (i.e. pay), their nation's flag appears on the launch vehicle. When a NASA/ESA/Russia barter deal (to circumvent INA) gets an American on board - no flag. Curious.

Russia May Refuse to Return U.S. Astronaut to Earth Free of Charge

"Beginning from the next space expedition Russia will deliver U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station only on commercial basis. William McArthur who has just left for ISS can stay in orbit until the American side pays for his return, RIA Novosti reported."

NASA Memo: Griffin Point Paper on USA Today Article, 9/28/05

"NASA and Russia confirmed at the Flight Readiness Review meeting for the next crew for the international space station on Sept. 19 that NASA Astronaut and Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur will have a ride back to Earth next April on the same Soyuz that will bring him to the station this October."


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