Russia Space Agency Plans To Build Own Orbital Station

January 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Space Daily:

Russia Space Agency Plans To Build Own Orbital Station

by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Jan 30, 2009
Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will propose to the government the construction of a low-orbit space station to support future exploration of the Moon and Mars, an agency official said Thursday.

“We will soon propose to our government a project to construct a low-orbit complex, which could serve as a foundation for the implementation of the lunar program and later on – the Mars program,” Alexei Krasnov, director of manned flight programs at Roscosmos, told a news conference in Moscow.

Krasnov said that Russia, as well as other countries, “is looking at the Moon in a mid-term perspective, and would want not only to go there and come back, but to establish a lunar
base, which would allow us to start exploring Mars in the future.”

“These are our intentions, but we are working hard to ensure that these plans get adequate financial and legislative support from the government,” the official said.

Russia, a pioneer in robotic lunar research, abandoned its lunar exploration program with the end of the Moon race in the mid-1970s, but the idea of exploring the Earth’s natural satellite has been revisited recently, due to ambitious international projects to develop the Moon’s resources and to use it as a stepping-stone for further space exploration.

Roscosmos earlier said its first unmanned flight to the Moon would include a lunar orbiter to fire 12 penetrators across diverse regions to create a seismic network. These will be used to research the origins of the Moon.

Krasnov also said Roscosmos would propose extending the use of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2020. . . . [Full Story]

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