Rogozin told about the request of the United States to Russia to build Soyuz for missions to the moon
The American side has asked Russia to develop a returned version of the Soyuz spacecraft, which could deliver astronauts to the moon, said the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, in an interview with TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).
“Today Americans who are such political problems, insist, ask us to continue flying “Alliances” with American astronauts despite the fact that Americans will begin to fly on their ships,” — said the head of state Corporation (quoted by “Interfax”).
According to him, Washington “Union” capable of flying to the moon and back, you need as a backup to the space transportation system.NewsFrom NASA expect not to invite the special
In late June, Rogozin admitted that Russia may start manned launches to the moon with already-existing “Unions”. He explained that this will allow not to wait for the development of a new cargo spacecraft “Federation”. “Initially, the spacecraft “Soyuz” was created under the Lunar program and, therefore, its modernization is quite possible, until we got a new space ship”, — explained the General Director of “Rosatom” (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
Manned spacecraft “Soyuz”, which launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in 1967, originally under the leadership of designer Sergey Korolev for the Soviet lunar program. Later, however, this mission laid on a space ship type “Probe”, which was developed on the basis of “Union”. Now Russia and the US have several joint space projects, among them the program of lunar exploration, which includes the establishment of a lunar Gateway station program International space station (ISS) and the research project Venus.
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