When a Russian Progress resupply capsule crashed on the way to the ISS last month, the worry was that a design flaw could mean the grounding of the only way to get astronauts to the station. Russia has now identified the cause of the crash, and while it's not a flaw in the design, it's something almost as bad.
Comrades! GPS is now officially much, much better, thanks to the Russians: with their GLONASS global positioning system now online, you'll get the sweet sweet coverage you deserve, even deep in the midst of urban jungles.
That Russian resupply capsule crash from last week is causing more problems than just a lack of Tang for the astronauts on the ISS. If Russia doesn't figure out the problem and fix it faster than you can say "что идет вверх, должно снизиться," the station may get mothballed this winter.
The desire to build a bridge or tunnel between far Eastern Russia and Alaska across the Bering Strait has been around for at least a century, but Russia has apparently decided that now is the time to make it happen. Within 10 years, they say, you'll be able to take a train from the western hemisphere to the eastern hemisphere in under an hour.
Yesterday, Russia's stealthy new fifth-generation jet fighter, the Sukhoi T-50, made its public debut at an air show near Moscow. The T-50 is billed as being more agile than the F-22, which is slightly worrisome for America's new fighters. Or, it would be worrisome, if every last F-22 hadn't been grounded since May due to mechanical problems. USA!
The Russians have been busy. Very busy. So busy, in fact, that they've managed to successfully deploy a radio telescope with an effective antenna width of 220,000 miles right under our very noses. And it's a pretty neat trick, considering that the the entire Earth is only 8,000 miles wide.
You're probably somewhat familiar with Buran, the Soviet take on the U.S. space shuttle. Buran had its one and only launch in 1988, and the program was cancelled in 1993, but the intended capabilities of the vehicle have remained classified. Now, a veteran Cosmonaut has provided some new insights into the program.
In Russia, sometimes you need to go off-road. Sometimes you need to go on-water. And sometimes, you need to run over people without squishing them flat. The Trecol 39295 is one monstrous vehicle that can do all of these things.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Russia is looking to create a worker's paradise from the ground up. Only, this one's going to be for scientists, and they're spending $4 billion on a brand new village stuffed with bike paths and solar panels to entice techies to move in.
The United States' robotic space plane, the X-37B, successfully returned to Earth last December after spending seven months in orbit doing nobody knows what. Now, it seems as though Russia and China want a piece of the space robot action too. Looks like we might finally get that spaceship battle we've been waiting for since the dawn of sci-fi.