Published on: Oct 29, 2018 @ 14:06 – The new super-heavy carrier, due to be launched in 2028, will be able to send modules from a future station, not only to the lunar orbit but also to its surface, said Roscosmos managing director.
The superheated rocket was designed to launch and lay about 100 tons of cargo into Earth’s orbit. It is necessary to organize manned flights to the Moon and Mars, or to send large objects (satellites, for example) to Earth’s orbit.
“We are discussing the technical configuration of the superheated rocket,” said Alexandr Medvedev, general designer of rocket carriers.
“This rocket will be launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome, its power must be enough to get modules from [a future] station not only to the orbit of the Moon, but also to its surface, from 2028,” Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin posted on Twitter .
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree on the creation of a superheavy bearer rocket was signed at the beginning of 2018. RSC Energia was named as the main developer of the complex.
By the end of 2019, the outline of the rocket project should be completed, with the first launch scheduled for 2028 from the Russian space center Vostochny in the Amur region. The superheated rocket will allow space flights to the Moon and Mars.
Using a superheated rocket is not the only way to reach the lunar orbit. Previously, in Russia, it had already been proposed to use a two-launch scheme to send a spacecraft to Earth’s natural satellite. Two Angara heavy-duty rockets in the A5V version (with higher loading capacity thanks to the third hydrogen stage) could launch separately the acceleration block and spacecraft. After its coupling in Earth’s orbit, the set would move towards the Moon. Earlier, Rogozin reported that Russia could carry out this project in 2023-2024, but it is still not known yet exactly how Russia plans to challenge the US exploration and potential colonization of space.