Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, will not be involved in a plan to send two space tourists on a flight around the Moon and was not consulted about the project, the federal space agency said. This is a plain commercial project that has no affinity of their initiatives. Contrariwise, their goal is to present the international community with a program that is pre-agreed so that they can not turn it down.
Russia’s lunar exploration program should be a part of an international project, as none of major space powers is capable to explore Earth’s only permanent natural satellite without support of other states, the director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Anatoly Petrukovich, told Sputnik.
Dmitry Rogozin, until recently the Russian government’s point – man on all matters concerning the defense and space industries, was offered to head up the Roscosmos space corporation on Thursday during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is a large – scale task in terms of financial support and technical solutions”.
According to Petrukovich, the program of scientific research, which could be conducted by Russian astronauts on the Moon, has not yet been determined, and the scientific community is currently working on possible directions of such works.
“The lunar base can also be used for testing different robotic systems or exploring a possibility of using local resources for construction”.
Appropriate statement was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin during his latest visit in Tehran on November 2015 during the third meeting of Russian – Iranian high – level commission.
The first unmanned flight of the spacecraft should take place in 2022, followed by a crewed flight to Earth orbit two years after that. Russia’s super – heavy carrier rocket scheduled to blast off for the first time from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East in 2028 will be a reusable spacecraft, State Space Corporation Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin told TASS on Thursday.
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