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Russia designs a new spacecraft to reach the moon

Russia designs a new spacecraft to reach the moon

Normally we associate space exploration projects of public nature, however, these activities are supported by public-private partnerships or contracts with aerospace companies, precisely, has a role in many of these missions. This year 2012 we have seen how a private company operated a cargo ship that carried supplies to the International Space Station (the ship Dragon ). This trend is also being realized in and Energia , a Russian aerospace company, has completed the design of a manned spacecraft to expect, even carrying Russian cosmonauts to the Moon.

Energy has announced that the work of the design have already been completed and, therefore, the development phase will face the same in order to start flight tests in 2017. Unlike SpaceX, the company that operates the Dragon spacecraft, Energia is working on this ship in a contract signed with the Russian government in 2009 and with which they hope to diversify Russian space missions through a craft much more versatile.

We have finished the technical project design considering the fact that this new spacecraft should be able to reach the moon in addition to other places. [...] If we can get funding we can begin flight tests in 2017

In this sense, Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Russian Space Agency, said that the aim of this new spacecraft is carrying crews to the International Space Station but also be flexible enough to reach other destinations, such as , Moon. In fact, to meet this requirement, the ship supports multiple configurations depending on the type of mission to be performed or to follow the orbit (terrestrial or lunar).

This new spacecraft, which is being developed by a private company appears to be the tip of the iceberg of government plans to encourage the Russian aerospace industry and establish an entrepreneurial cluster spacecraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers and ancillary industry for better results and, of course, dispel the bad image left some missions have failed like the Phobos-Grunt probe or lost three satellites GLONASS in 2010.

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