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Russia designs new spaceship

Posted on Thursday, 27 December, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Russian rocket corporation Energia has completed the designs of a brand new manned spacecraft.

Hot on the heels of NASA's new Orion spacecraft, Russia is hoping to improve its own manned space program with a new vehicle that is scheduled to begin testing as early as 2017. Having been in development since Energia won the project in 2009, the new spacecraft will not only be able to transport astronauts to the International Space Station but also to the Moon as well.

"We have completed the technical design project taking into account the fact that the new spaceship is to fly to the Moon, among other places," said Energia President Vitaly Lopota. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev recently ordered the government to work on improvements to Russia's space endeavors following a string of mishaps including the failed Proton carrier rocket in August.

"Russian space rocket corporation Energia has completed the technical design of a new manned spacecraft whose flight tests are due to begin in 2017, Energia President Vitaly Lopota said on Wednesday."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by King Fluffs on 27 December, 2012, 14:30
Comment icon #6 Posted by pitchp on 27 December, 2012, 16:08
Space the final frontier
Comment icon #7 Posted by skookum on 27 December, 2012, 18:09
As the USA is already building a new spaceship with this sort of capability (the Orion) and the fact that the USA and Russia are now partners I think it is highly unlikely that this will lead to a new space race. Such a race is not needed now anyway. Apollo, great though it was, was about flag waving and one-upmanship first and foremost. Exploration and science were simply fortuitous side effects. Future exploration is going to be expensive. It makes far more sense for future Lunar or Martian exploration to be carried out in the same way as the ISS, as a result of combining resources in a vent... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 27 December, 2012, 19:31
I would hope the Russians are just not re-inventing a low space orbit manned craft like NASA's Orion. Wouldn't be much news if it was. I would hope the Russians would know the difference between a spacecraft designed for deep space and one designed for low Earth orbit, something you clearly don't. If you had been keeping up with things (and this is not exactly new, it's been the policy for several years now and there are many topics on the subject on UM) you would know that the next US spacecraft designed for LEO will be those provided by private industry under the auspices of NASA's Commercia... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by OverSword on 27 December, 2012, 23:19
Too bad they didn't show an artists representation based on the technical drawings.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DONTEATUS on 28 December, 2012, 3:53
I can draw one for them !
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 December, 2012, 20:38
Too bad they didn't show an artists representation based on the technical drawings. You can see what it looks like here: Anatoly Zak's Russian Space Web
Comment icon #12 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 28 December, 2012, 23:15
thats wats up russia!:)that would be great if you guys could send it one year before the give date.anyway we need to start sending more people in outer save and on other planets.not just send robots and etc its not the same are they useful yes but its not like a human though its not alive it cant feel nothing its a machine nothing more.we need to forget about who gets there first and instead focus on whats important!its not a race.but i'm with you russia and europe the best of luck.
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin on 29 December, 2012, 2:36
Impressive. I wish them well.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nuke_em on 29 December, 2012, 15:50
You can see what it looks like here: Anatoly Zak's Russian Space Web The beauty

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