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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Source: Ria Novosti
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