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This is a timeline of Roscosmos, the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. In addition to launching satellites for other countries, Roscosmos does numerous satellite missions of its own, like Earth observation, military satellites, telecommunications, and GLONASS navigation satellites.[1] Roscosmos' major space missions include Koronas Foton, Spektr R, Spektr RG, Bion-M and Elektro L. Roscosmos is one of the partners in the International Space Station.[2]

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Time period Development summary
1991–2006 Crisis years. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and Ukraine inherit the Soviet space program. Russia creates the Russian Aviation and Space Agency, now known as the Roscosmos State Corporation, while Ukraine creates the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU).[3] Roscosmos would suffer serious financial problems in its early years, but would manage to launch additional Soyuz and Progress missions, and also operate Mir space station until its decommissioning in 2001.
2005< The Russian economy booms throughout 2005 from high prices for exports, such as oil and gas. This results in the Russian Duma approving a budget of 305 billion rubles (about US$11 billion) for the Space Agency from 2006 January to 2015, with overall space expenditures in Russia totaling about 425 billion rubles for the same time period.[4]
2013–2015 Period of reorganization of the Russian space sector. A major reorganization of the Russian space industry is undertaken. The United Rocket and Space Corporation is formed as a joint-stock corporation by the government in August 2013 to consolidate the Russian space sector.[5] Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin outlines plans for a sweeping reform of the nation’s troubled space industry, which involves re-nationalization the industry under a unified command structure and reducing redundant capabilities. Roscosmos as a federal space agency is dissolved, and the responsibilities of the space agency are transferred to the Roscosmos state corporation.[6] Under the plan Roscosmos would act as a federal executive body and contracting authority for programs to be implemented by the industry.[7]

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Year Month and date Event type Details
1992 February 25 Creation The Russian Space Agency Rosaviakosmos is established by a decree of president Boris Yeltsin, and inherits part of the Soviet space program. Yuri Koptev becomes the agency's first director. The new agency is composed of nine divisions: state programs, manned projects and launch facilities, science and commercial, international, ground, external, legal, resources, and business. The agency would later be renamed Roscosmos.[1][3][8]
1993 Partnership RKA director Yuri Koptev merges the Mir-2 project with the American space station, guiding the course for an international space station.[8]
2001 Partnership Active cooperation between the Space Agency and Swiss watch company Fortis begin, for the development of chronographs.[9]
2001 Year round Russia and Ukraine conduct 25 attempts of orbital launches, all of which are successful. One suborbital launch from a submerged submarine fails. A total of 36 spacecraft are delivered into orbit, of which 29 are Russian-built satellites and seven are foreign payloads.[10]
2003 October 21 Partnership Rosaviakosmos signs an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch two uncrewed foton capsules for scientific experiments in 2005 and 2006.[11]
2004 March Personnel Russian president Vladimir Putin abruptly retires Yuri Koptev whose position is taken by Anatoly Perminov.[8]
2006 Budget The Russian government allocates a budget of 23 billion roubles (US$800 million) for Roscosmos, nearly one-third more than the agency received in 2005.[12]
2006 Partnership Roscosmos begins discussion with the European Space Agency (ESA) for European participation and financing for a substantial Soyuz upgrade.[13]
2007 Contract Roscosmos signs contract with NASA worth US$719 million for International Space Station transport services.[14]
2009 January 30 Mission The Koronas Foton is launched as a solar research satellite.[15]
2009 June Partnership Roscosmos and NASA sign deal worth US$306 million for flights in 2012 and 2013.[14]
2009 Budget The federal space budget for the year stands at about 82 billion rubles ($2.4 billion), distributed in three federal programs.[16]
2011 Budget The Russian government allocates 115 billion rubles (US$3.8 billion) on national space programs, with a plan to launch about 50 spacecraft and adopt a federal program for the development of the Glonass satellite navigation system until 2020.[17] The 2011 budget almost troples that from 2007, and is the highest amount of money allotted for the space program since the Soviet Union's space program budget back in 1991.[18]
2011 Launch site Russia starts the construction on another launch site, the Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Siberia and close to the Chinese border.[1]
2011 January 20 Mission Elektro-L No.1is launched. It is the first of Elektro–L, a new-generation series of meteorological satellites developed for the Russian Federal Space Agency by NPO Lavochkin.[19]
2011 July 18 Mission Spektr R (RadioAstron) is launched as a scientific satellite with a 10 m (33 ft) radio telescope on board. It is reported as the biggest-ever space telescope launched to date.[20]
2012 January Roscosmos operated mission Fobos-Grunt, an attempted sample return mission to Phobos, fails when probe crashes into the ocean after languishing in Earth orbit for more than two months.[21][22][23][24]
2012 May Roscosmos releases highest resolution satellite images of planet earth ever, taken by the Elecktro-L weather satellite.[25]
2012 September Personnel Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issues an ordinance appointing Oleg Frolov first deputy head of Roscosmos.[26]
2012 October Partnership NASA and Roscosmos announce an agreement to send two crew members to the International Space Station on a one-year mission designed to collect valuable scientific data needed to send humans to new destinations in the solar system.[27][28][29][30][31][32]
2012 December 15 Budget The Russian government approves the latest revision of the Federal Space Program, which covers a time period from 2006 to 2015. The program reportedly doubles the budget for communications and remote-sensing satellites by shifting funds from other programs. This change in priorities plans to enable Roskosmos to deploy 95 satellites by 2015 and a total of 113 spacecraft by 2020.[33]
2013 January Program Roscosmos officially presents to the government a draft of the "State Program" entitled the "Space Activities of the Russian Federation in 2013-2020" with a total price tug of 2,120 billion rubles. The document also contains "foundations" of a space strategy extending until 2030. The responsibility for the accomplishing the goals proclaimed in the new strategy is shared between Roscosmos and the Ministry of Defense.[33]
2013 January Roscosmos announces process of designing and building a replacement for its ageing Soyuz rocket and space capsule system, with the aim of putting it into operation by 2020. The budget for the new rocket and capsule is set at 2.1 trillion rubles (US$69 billion). Roscosmos has plans to visit Mars in a joint mission with the European Space Agency.[34][35][36]
2013 March 16 NASA astronaut Kevin A. Ford, together with Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos, return safely to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-06M capsule which landed on the Kazakhstan steppe, after a five-month mission in the International Space Station.[37][38][39][40]
2013 April Budget Russian President Vladimir Putin quotes 1.6 trillion rubles (US$51.8 billion) to be spent on space program until 2020.[33]
2013 April 19 Roscosmos launches its Bion-M1 space capsule into orbit packed with mice, geckos, gerbils, snails and fish, to begin a month-long experiment to study how space travel affects living creatures. Bion-M1 is Russia's first mission dedicated to launching animals into space in 17 years.[41][42]
2013 October Russia discharges Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin after less than two years on the job because of a string of failed launches and other allegedly embarrassing incidents to the country's underfunded but fiercely proud space industry.[43]
2013 December Organization The United Rocket and Space Corporation is established by the Russian government to renationalize the country’s space sector.[6]
2014  ? Roscosmos drafts the new 10-year Federal Space Program, FKP-2025, which was to cover a period from 2016 to 2025. According to the document, the agency requests 2,315.3 billion rubles of federal funds including: 1,493.0 billion for research and development, 463.3 billion for other expenses, and 110.0 billion for capital expenses.[33]
2014 May Roscosmos rocket carrying its most advanced communication satellite to date falls back to Earth 545 seconds after it took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome that Moscow leases in Kazakhstan. The US$205-million satellite—built by Airbus Group's Astrium corporation—was meant to provide Internet access to remote Russian regions with poor access to communication.[44][45][43][46][47][48]
2014 July A new Russian weather satellite lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, riding a Soyuz launcher into space with six small piggyback satellites from the United Kingdom, the United States and Norway.[49][50]
2014 September Roscosmos cosmonaut Yelena Serova becomes the first female cosmonaut lifted off for the International Space Station, becoming also the first female cosmonaut to enter space in 17 years.[51][52]
2015 April Budget As the Russian economy contracts by two percent, the proposed budget for the Federal Space Program FKP-2025 is slashed by 800 billion rubles from 2,849.4 billion (counting the latest devaluation of the ruble) to 2,004 billion rubles.[33]
2015 April 28 Roscosmos reports its robotic Progress M-27M cargo craft spaceship having failed rendezvous with the International Space Station for a delivery, and having been destroyed during a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.[53][54][55][56][57][58]
2015 May 16 Russian proton rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctions and burns up over Siberia soon after launch, in what becomes the second space mission failure for Roscosmos, in less than a month.[59][60][61][62][63][64]
2015 January Organization The Russian government decides to combine the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos with the United Rocket and Space Corporation. The combined entity would be called Roscosmos State Corporation. Igor Komarov is appointed as head of Roscosmos, and Yuri Vlasov, former deputy head of the United Rocket and Space Corporation for projects and programs, is appointed as temporary head of the corporation.[65]
2015 December Organization Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a decree to dissolve the country’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos. The responsibilities of the space agency would be transferred to the Roscosmos state corporation, which was established earlier in the year.[6]
2015 December 28 Organization Roscosmos as a corporation is established on the basis of the recently defunct Federal Space Agency. Roscosmos was previously known as the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Russian: Российское авиационно-космическое агентство, Rossiyskoe aviatsionno-kosmicheskoe agentstvo, commonly known as Rosaviakosmos).<w:Roscosmos>
2016 March Mission The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos launch a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to Mars under joint ExoMars Mission to find life on the red planet.[66][67][68][69][70][71]
2016 April Roscosmos successfully launches its inaugural rocket (Soyuz-2.1A) from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the remote Amur Oblast near China's border.[72][73][74]
2016 June Partnership Roscosmos Administrator Igor Komarov announces an agreement between Russia's space agency and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to create a joint satellite constellation for remote earth sensing.[75]
2016 July Roscosmos announces project of a Moon base that will eventually hold up to 12 people. The space agency plans to launch an unmanned lunar probe in 2024 to assess where the colony could be built.[76][77][78][79]
2017 March The Roscosmos announces open enrolment to recruit cosmonauts to fly to the moon. The team is expected to be the first aboard Russia's new spaceship, Federation. Open enrolment would continue until the end of 2017, and Roscosmos plans to select between six and eight cosmonauts.[80][81][82][83]
2017 July Roscosmos plans to create a seamless, periodically updated digital model of the entire Earth’s surface with a resolution of about 1 m based on remote sensing data. The digital representation is expected to be used in agriculture, forestry, land inventory, cartography, regional administration, and also for emergency relief.[84]
2017 September 27 Partnership NASA and Roscosmos sign a joint statement to develop a space station in lunar orbit. The joint statement between the two agencies is signed at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.[85][86][87][88][89][90]

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