Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Russia Plans Manned Mission to Moon in 2029-2030

The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) intends to send a manned mission to Moon in 2028-2029, Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said on Tuesday. "In 2028-2029 we are planning an unmanned 'visit' to Moon. Manned [lunar] landing [is planned] for 2029-2030," Komarov said. He told reporters that with limited government funds, they have updated programs envisaging construction of a super-heavy carrier rocket and orbital satellite groups, as well as near-Earth manned missions and Moon landing project.

He added that the updated versions of space exploration projects would be submitted to the government for approval.

Komarov also said that Roscosmos has been developing all preliminary stages for the lunar program.

While stressing that current economic slowdown would not become a drag on Russia's ambition of space exploration, Komarov vowed that Russian cosmonauts would land on the Moon no later than 2030 using super-heavy Angara rocket.

"We decided to implement the Lunar program using new Angara heavy rocket, which we hope to be launched from the Vostochny (cosmodrome in Far East) in 2024 to 2025," Komarov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.


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