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The Russian Focus on Space Stations

As a major partner in the International Space Station program, Russia is responsible for sending Progress unpiloted cargo ships and Soyuz capsules to the outpost. The Soyuz spacecraft is a small, three-person vessel that serves as an emergency escape system for the station crew. Russian cosmonauts are scheduled to be part of every space station crew, and the commander's post is to alternate between a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut. Rosviakosmos, the Russian Aviation and Space Agency, works closely with the prime Russian aerospace contractor, the Korolev Rocket & Space Corporation Energia, which is also known as RKK Energia.

The Soyuz-Frigate rocket is prepared for launch in July 2000. It carries the Cluster satellite of the joint ESA-NASA mission. The Soyuz-Frigate rocket is prepared for launch in July 2000. It carries the Cluster satellite of the joint ESA-NASA mission.

Russian companies built the station's base block, called Zarya, under a subcontract with the Boeing Company. Russia built and paid for the...


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