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Russia to unveil new piloted spacecraft

Posted on Tuesday, 18 June, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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A mock-up of Russia's new piloted spacecraft is to be shown at the MAKS airshow in August.

In development by manufacturer RKK Energia, the new ship should be ready for its maiden flight in 2018. Energia won the project back in 2009 and is expected to be making several modifications to the design in order to facilitate additional capabilities. Once finished the spacecraft should be capable of traveling to the Moon as well as orbital spacecraft repair and retrievals.

Approximately 40% of the Russian space agency's budget has been pumped in to the development of manned space exploration and piloted spacecraft. The move is aimed at helping Russia to recapture a more prominent place in the field following a spate of failed missions in recent years.

"A mock-up of Russia’s new piloted spacecraft will be showcased in August at the MAKS airshow near Moscow, Russia’s space chief said Friday."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 18 June, 2013, 13:45
Can't wait to see the pictures of this new Russian spacecraft. Hope it more imaginative design than NASA Orion Apollo retread.
Comment icon #6 Posted by keithisco on 18 June, 2013, 14:28
If only the Exploration of Space could be seen as Human Exploration rather than National Exploration then the combined budgets, IMO, could lead to some startling advancements. I know, I'm whistling in the wind
Comment icon #7 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 18 June, 2013, 14:34
To be quite honest, I think it's been the assumption that the US will automatically lead the way (thanks largely to Gene Rodenberry's flag-waving) that is, certainly, now holding things back, since the current President clearly has no interest in it at all. Perhaps Russia might be able to take over as the flag bearer for Humanity as a whole. (Some are of the opinion, for example, that Buran, which was cancelled when the USSR folded, would have been a better design, and arguably safer, than the Shuttle).
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey on 18 June, 2013, 14:35
Tell me about it. I'm hooked on Star Trek: TNG right now and a big part of that is the idea that it's the "best case scenario" for humanity. No more need for "things", stopping all wars and coming together for a common purpose. Or as Picard puts it, "growing out of our infancy"
Comment icon #9 Posted by DONTEATUS on 18 June, 2013, 17:00
I bet ITs got a Vodka storage bin on board !
Comment icon #10 Posted by McNessy on 19 June, 2013, 10:19
Well I'm sure its better than the first Russian crafts. After reentry they had to jump and parachute before it hit the ocean or ground cant remember which.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 June, 2013, 10:52
The didn't jump, the ejected and it was BECAUSE they landed over ground. Why does that make it a poor spacecraft? Recovery costs were a fraction of that of the US Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft because you didn't need to launch a fleet of ships to recover the crew and capsule. What's more no Vostok capsule was lost, unlike Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7, which sank and no Vostok cosmonaut was nearly killed in the landing process (Gus Grissom came close to drowning). Vostok did what it was designed to do and it did it well.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 19 June, 2013, 10:55
It's not about being imaginative, it is about building what is safe and practical. NASA have gone back to a capsule design because that is the best design for a re-entry vehicle travelling at interplanetary speeds. Since the new Russian spacecraft is also designed for deep space missions (the Russians want to build a base on the Moon) it too will be a capsule.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Whatsinausername on 19 June, 2013, 21:21
Screw that, I want my Prometheus! Saying that, you're probably right
Comment icon #14 Posted by McNessy on 20 June, 2013, 11:54
I quite agree the Russians make some kewl stuff. Sorry i generalised to give it more drama.

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