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Comic 1672 - Ep. 22, Page 46

23rd Jul 2014, 10:16 PM in Episode 22 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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Author Notes:

smbhax 23rd Jul 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete
Russia recently conducted a public test of their new 'Angara' rocket; for years or probably even decades they've been launching stuff into space with Soyuz rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, but "Angara is designed to give Russia full control over its space activities, reducing its reliance on technologies and facilities of former Soviet states. These include the rocket components currently sourced from the Ukraine"—and this certainly fits in with Russia's alleged geopolitical policies in that region of late. They're even building a new spaceport, one that isn't on leased land like Baikonur: "Russia wants to launch the Angara family both from Plesetsk and the Vostochny Cosmodrome, which is currently being constructed in the Amur Oblast, in the Russian far east."

Politics and rockets have quite a history together on Earth, and I suppose that won't be ending any time soon—although the rise of commercial space use might start to change things a bit.


cattservant 23rd Jul 2014, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Corporate politics and rockets.

[btw: Hail Centurion!]
smbhax 24th Jul 2014, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
moizmad 24th Jul 2014, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Seems Selenis has stumbled into a can of worms, when's the next shuttle out?
smbhax 24th Jul 2014, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
Wouldn't she like to know!