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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-21-2005 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Text of report by Russia TV (via BBC News):
Last of Russia's Space Communications Fleet Destined for Scrap

The last ship of Russia's maritime space fleet could be auctioned off. The floating centres tracked the work of orbital craft and were the pride of Russian science. But now they are gradually turning into scrap metal. Marina Naumova reports from Kaliningrad Region.

[Correspondent, over video of metal boxes being hurled onto a lorry; vessel Kosmonaut Georgiy Dobrovolskiy moored at quay] The disassembled parts of space communications apparatus are being thrown into these crates from the scientific research vessel Kosmonaut Georgiy Dobrovolskiy. The Agency for the Management of Federal Property has decided to auction off the last operating ship of the famous space flotilla. Veterans of the maritime space fleet are trying to save this unique vessel. Dobrovolskiy is capable even today of carrying out tasks to control spacecraft, including the International Space Station, as space experts confirmed.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-06-2005 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Novosti Kosmonavtiki (via James Oberg):
Last Russian space tracking ship sold at auction

Novosti-Kosmonavtiki is reporting that "the last vessel from the 'space fleet' has been sold for 24.6 million rubles. The "Cosmonaut Georgiy Dobrovol'skiy" was sold on Tuesday at auction, reports Interfax. Roskosmos press service chief Vyacheslav davidenko announced this. "The vessel is acquired by the firm Natalia Shiping Ltd, registered in the island nation Saint- Kitts and Nevis (Antilles Islands), for 24.6 million rubles", said Davidenko. He reminded that the starting price was 24 million rubles. "The resources received from the sale of the vessel will enter into the federal budget", noted Davidenko.

kosmonavtka
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posted 12-31-2005 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmonavtka     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 1999 movie Virus was screened here last week and it featured a real Russian communications ship - the Academican Vladislav Volkov (built in 1977). So presumably this ship was destroyed in the filming of the movie. What a waste!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2009 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Где теперь «Космонавт Юрий Гагарин»?
Where is the "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin"? (Google translation)

kyra
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posted 04-12-2009 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a sad story, The "Yuri Gagarin" is reduced to "agar" and sold for scrap at $170 per ton. Even if it were no longer needed it would have made a great Black Sea cruise ship or sailing space museum.

kosmonavtka
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posted 04-15-2009 02:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmonavtka     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
China, in contrast, built 4 tracking ships for its space program (Yuan Wang 1-4, according to Go Taikonauts website)

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