Skip to comments.Russia to Create Backup Manned Vehicle for Moon Flights Without NASA Funding
Posted on 01/20/2019 6:55:31 AM PST by BenLurkin
Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said that NASA had asked Roscosmos to create a lunar version of the Soyuz spacecraft as a backup manned space transport system for flights to the Moon.
A senior Russian space industry source told Sputnik that Moscow will develop an ugraded Soyuz version at its own expense, and no funding from NASA is expected.
To ensure the capability of the Soyuz spacecraft to fly to the Moon, an accelerating unit and a new thermal protection that will allow the ship to return to the Earths atmosphere at the second cosmic velocity (11.2 kilometers per second, or 6.95 miles per second) are needed.
The lunar version of Soyuz will also require new power supply, communications and life support systems.
Documents of Russian spacecraft manufacturer RSC Energia available to Sputnik show that installation of star sensors, manual control devices, an evaporative system, additional engines and oxygen cylinders are necessary to ensure the spacecraft's flights to the Moon.
In addition, he said that Roscosmos was expecting new negotiating positions with NASA on the near-Moon station in connection with the start of the upgrade of the Soyuz spacecraft for flights to the Moon.
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No they wont. They just announce these things and never deliver. In 2006 they announced their moon base will be operational by 2015.
They make these announcements to distract Russians from their daily misery and lucky for the propaganda services the people never put 2 and 2 together and ask “what about all these previous announcements, that never materialized”
Going to Sea in a cardboard box ?
Um, they have been charging us outrageous sums of money to provide taxi service for our astronauts. We are indeed funding their space program.
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