4 Фев, 2022

How has the cost of space flight changed?

The first flights into space were expensive — about 5-7 thousand dollars (at the same time, 60 dollars!) Per kilogram of cargo: both on the Russian Unions and on the American Saturns

This price remained relatively stable until the early 2000s. On the one hand, the Russian Angara appeared, which could deliver a kilogram of cargo for a little more than 4 thousand dollars, on the other hand, active development and flights of SpaceX ships began, and this really lowered prices: on Falcon Heavy already flying now, delivery of a kilogram of cargo into orbit is cheaper 2 thousand dollars, and Starship (we expect flights in 3 years), according to estimates, will reduce this figure by almost 10 times more!

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SUAL Partners (one of the shareholders of UC Rusal, owns 25.72%, belongs to Viktor Vekselberg and partners) considers the salary of the chairman of the board of directors of Rusal, Bernard Zonneveld, to be biased, the company said in a statement received by RBC.

At the beginning of the week, Forbes published the results of a study of remuneration of members of the boards of directors of the largest Russian companies, which was conducted by the consulting company Korn Ferry. Zonneveld topped the list: his base remuneration in 2020 amounted to 123.7 million rubles.

In second place was the chairman of the board of directors of Norilsk Nickel, Gareth Penny (72.7 million), in third place was the chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft, Gerhard Schroeder (43.6 million).

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The Austrian chancellor accused Russia of raising gas prices in Europe. Gas prices rose sharply amid the situation around Ukraine, said Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, reports Kronen Zeitung.

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The United States revealed the details of the liquidation of the leader of the ISIS (a terrorist group banned in Russia) al-Qureishi:

  • IS leader killed in self-made bombing
  • At least three civilians were killed during the operation — al-Qureishi’s wife and their two children.
  • The Pentagon is confident that the responsibility for their deaths lies with the militants, not the military
  • The US military broke down a helicopter, as a result they blew it up
  • The United States carried out the operation alone

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Chinese companies, as well as those from other countries, could face consequences as they try to soften the effect of sanctions against Moscow that Washington intends to impose in the event of a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. This was stated by US State Department spokesman Ned Price during a briefing.

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It is impossible to drive after taking Corvalol, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation came to this conclusion, having considered the claim of a man deprived of his rights.

The medical examination revealed in the body of the plaintiff a psychotropic substance — phenobarbital contained in Corvalol. The man said that the examination rules, which do not take into account the purpose of taking the pills, violate his constitutional right to health care and medical care.

The court also stated that the law prohibits driving a car in a state of any kind of intoxication, regardless of the reason that caused it.

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The United States has imposed sanctions on several citizens of Belarus for their activities abroad «directed against dissidents,» US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a widespread statement.

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The first U.S. military transport aircraft began moving additional troops to Europe. The day before, Washington announced the transfer of about a thousand troops from Germany to Romania and two thousand soldiers from the United States to Europe, of which 1,700 troops will be sent to Poland and 300 to Germany.

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OR Group (formerly the Obuv Rossii group of companies) defaulted on bonds of the BO-07 series for 592 million rubles. The holder of 99% of the issue is Promsvyazbank. The company failed to agree on a settlement.

OR Group placed bonds of the issue for 1 billion rubles. in 2017 for five years. The issue includes 500 bonds with a par value of 2 million rubles. each. 204 bonds were purchased by the issuer.

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In the Kurgan region, residents of the village of Ketovo, who asked the regional government to resolve the issue of opening a new school, launched a “flashmob of repentance”. Thus, they responded to the demand of the regional authorities for the persons behind the “custom-made and unscrupulous information campaign” to apologize to the inhabitants of the region.

Residents of Ketovo recorded a video of apology and posted it in the Parents’ Committee of the Kurgan Region group on the VKontakte social network with the hashtag #Government of the Trans-UralsForgive Us

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Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey Volodymyr Zelensky and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a meeting in Kiev, signed an agreement on the establishment of a free trade zone and signed a number of other documents, including those related to the production of drones.

590 million dollars (almost 45 billion rubles) will be received by Native Americans as compensation in the «opioid case». The money will be paid by Johnson & Johnson and three product distributors. The money will be distributed among 574 Indian tribes that are recognized in the US

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Every year, more than six trillion cigarettes are produced in the world, the filters of which are made of microplastics. Due to the fact that cigarette butts are not disposed of properly, substances hazardous to humans and nature are released. Also, cigarette butts are the most common plastic litter on the beaches, which often leads to the death of fish, animals and plants.

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The leader in advertising spending in 2021 is VTB. Its advertising spending for 2021 reached 22.6 billion rubles. Growth for the year amounted to 32.4%, or 5.5 billion rubles,» said Maxim Osadchiy, head of the analytical department of the BKF bank.

The second place was taken by Tinkoff Bank: its advertising expenses for the year increased by 10.2 billion rubles, to 17.3 billion, an increase of 141.5%. It is followed by Sberbank, which spent 9.6 billion rubles on advertising, which is 4.3 billion rubles more (plus 81.7%) than last year.

Gazprombank, whose spending on advertising amounted to 7 billion rubles, is in fourth place on this list. Fifth place went to Alfa-Bank: its advertising spending reached 5.8 billion rubles for the year.

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The European Central Bank has kept the base interest rate on loans at zero. Rates on short-term loans and deposits also remained the same: 0.25% and -0.5%, respectively.

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Apple Inc. posted the strongest quarter for iPhone sales in India, which shows that the company is finally making headway in the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. In the fourth quarter, sales rose to 2.3 million units, up 34% from a year earlier. Chinese Xiaomi Corp. and South Korean Samsung Electronics Co. sold 9.3 million and 7.2 million smartphones for the quarter, respectively, leading in terms of units.

Apple is still hard to sell in a country that has annual per capita income of less than $2,000 in 2020. In the most recent quarter, the average selling price of an iPhone in the country was $908, while Samsung’s was $278 and Xiaomi’s was $172, according to Bloomberg.

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A detachment of landing ships of the Baltic and Northern fleets arrived at the logistics base of the Russian Navy in the city of Tartus in western Syria, TASS reports citing the Ministry of Defense

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Rostourism and Rosstandart have launched a series of national standards for Arctic tourism, which will improve the safety of travel in the Arctic zone of Russia, the press service of Rostourism reported.

The standard prescribes how information signs and signs warning tourists about danger, difficulties on the way and the proximity of evacuation places should look like. There are also requirements for restrictive signs.

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Two opposition Ukrainian TV channels, First Independent and UkrLive, which were previously sanctioned by the decree of the head of state, have been removed from YouTube video hosting, Artem Marchevsky, ex-producer of the 112. Ukraine TV channel, said.

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Video hosting YouTube blocked the channels of the Ministry of Information and Administration of the People’s Militia of the DPR, said the Minister of Information of the DPR Igor Antipov. YouTube also removed the channel of the Luganskinformtsentr agency without explanation.

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The Turkish Parliament ratified the Shusha Declaration on military cooperation with Azerbaijan. It provides that countries will act jointly in the event of a threat or aggression from a third state.

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Putin told Xi Jinping that Russian companies have prepared new solutions for the supply of hydrocarbons to China and a gas contract for the supply of 10 billion cubic meters per year

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Interest in Facebook is rapidly falling, the daily active audience of the social network is declining, WhatsApp and Instagram have almost stopped growing.

Against the background of this news, Meta shares have already collapsed by 20% in electronic trading after the close of the NASDAQ exchange — from $319 to $248.5, which was immediately reflected in the capitalization of Meta itself, which fell by almost $200 million.

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The United States and Slovakia signed a military cooperation agreement that gives Washington the right to use air bases and other military installations in Slovakia, according to a statement published on the State Department website.

The agreement was signed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Nagy and Foreign Minister Ivan Korchok

The US Secretary of State clarified that the agreement does not imply a «genuine» and permanent US presence on Slovak territory or the establishment of US bases in that country.

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Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina will leave Russia for a while because of threats from the Chechen leadership against her. This is insisted on by the editor-in-chief of the publication Dmitry Muratov, as well as «quite high-ranking sources» who are familiar with the journalist, who warned of a high threat to her safety, Milashina herself explained.

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The Russians began to value personal growth and friendly relations in the team less, follows from a survey by the NAFI analytical center. Now, high salaries are important for employees (as 71% of respondents answered) and a good social package (69%).

But interest in friendships at work has declined significantly over the two years of the pandemic. If by 2020 52% of respondents spoke about this, then by 2022 — only 39%. Only 32% are interested in personal growth

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Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji said that if global oil consumers are dissatisfied with current oil prices and supply levels, Iran offers to quickly lift unilateral and brutal US sanctions against Tehran and pave the way for Iran to return to the world oil market with maximum power.

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The US authorities are ready to consider options for introducing new anti-Russian sanctions, regardless of how the situation with Ukraine develops, said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. The Senate believes that sanctions can be introduced as a preventive measure. The State Department also warned China against attempts to mitigate the consequences of impending anti-Russian sanctions.

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Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation have signed a long-term contract for natural gas supplies to China. After the project reaches its full capacity, the volume of gas supplies via the «Far East» route will increase by 10 billion cubic meters. m. per year and in total will reach 48 billion cubic meters. m. per year, taking into account deliveries through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline.

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Rosneft and China’s CNPC have signed an agreement to supply 100 million tons of oil to China via Kazakhstan over a period of 10 years, the Russian company said.

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The Ministry of Justice included in the list of «foreign agents» the Altai public organization «Tuba Kalyk», which is engaged in the preservation of the culture, traditions and language of the Tubalars — a small people living in the north of the Altai Republic. «Tuba Kalyk» published Tubalar dictionaries, phrasebooks and alphabet books for children, and also covered the problems faced by other small peoples

The organization said it received a grant from the World Wildlife Fund. It was needed to train public observers to monitor deforestation in Altai. However, the region entered into an agreement with the fund. Tuba Kalyk promised to appeal the decision of the Ministry of Justice in court

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Ferrari has created a division to develop the brand in the metaverse

Ferrari NV aims to strengthen its brand in the metaverse as well. The Italian carmaker has set up a digital services division that is exploring the possibilities that arise in a space that combines virtual reality, games and social media, chief executive Benedetto Vigna said on Wednesday. This direction also includes technologies such as blockchain and NFT.

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Zhongguancun Bank, which serves customers in Beijing, said it would suspend cash-related teller services, including over-the-counter deposits and withdrawals, and ATM teller services, from April.

His decision comes after a similar move by another regional bank, NewUp Bank of Liaoning, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, which will cease cash services from March.

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UK allocates more than 100 million euros in assistance to Ukraine in addition to defensive weapons

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Russia recognizes Taiwan as Chinese territory, follows from a joint declaration between the two countries, signed during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing.

«The Russian side reaffirms its adherence to the One China principle, reaffirms that Taiwan is an integral part of China, and opposes Taiwan independence in any form,» reads a document posted Friday on the Kremlin’s website.

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In the United States, they proposed to exempt payments in cryptocurrency from taxes, so that it would be as easy for Americans to use crypto as it is for cash. Currently, holders of cryptocurrencies in the US must report capital gains based on the value of cryptocurrencies to the IRS, not only when investing, but also when making payments, even in the case of paying for a cup of coffee with cryptocurrencies. In this scenario, the daily use of digital assets is almost impossible.

In February of this year, the administration of US President Joe Biden will publish a nationwide strategy for cryptocurrencies.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will leave his post and head the National Bank of Norway on October 1, 2022, he said at a press conference

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