Jupiter Moon Lander Project to Get First Funding in 2014

MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Jupiter research project, which includes a Ganymede lander mission, will receive its first funding next year, an aide to the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos chief said on Tuesday.

“The project has been included in the Federal Space Program until 2015; next year, first funding for the project will be supplied, though so far it is not very large,” said Roscomos’ Viktor Voron.

Between 10 million and 30 million rubles (about $300,000 to $1 million) will be provided during the first year for R&D, and construction of the first mockups could start by 2017, Maxim Martynov, deputy general designer at the Lavochkin Science and Production Association, told RIA Novosti.

The project envisions sending one orbiter and one lander to Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, by 2023, in order to study the planet for about three years.

Read more: Jupiter Moon Lander Project to Get First Funding in 2014 | Science | RIA Novosti.

Home           Top of page