by Staff Writers
Moscow, Russia (XNA) Jun 28, 2010
Russia will return to its program of building the space shuttles and super-heavy carrier rockets after 2018, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday.
New carrier rockets will have a workload over 24 tons, director of Moscow's Central Machine-building Institute, Gennady Raikunov, said during the Strong Russia business conference.
According to Raikunov, the tests of the rocket will start in 2015 and its commercial exploitation will commence in 2018.
Russian space engineers also are working on building the rocket capable of delivering to the orbit a workload over 100 ton per launch, he said.
In more distant future, Raikunov's institute plans to work out a new manned spaceship and non-disposable boosters.
Soviet space shuttle program Buran managed to make only one unmanned flight in 1988 and has been closed soon afterwards.
Source: Source: Xinhua
- Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Russian Space News
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|