Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Replacement to Fly in 2020

BY WIRED UK
01.14.1311:58 AM
by Ian Steadman, Wired UK

Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has begun the process of designing and building a replacement for its ageing Soyuz rocket and space capsule system, with the aim of putting it into operation by 2020.

The budget for the new rocket and capsule has been set at 2.1 trillion rubles (£43 billion/$69 billion), according to the programme details on the Roscomos website. The new “energy transportation module with a promising propulsion installation that will be ready for testing by 2018? is intended for “detailed study of the Moon,” using “an entirely new class of interplanetary travel technology”.

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