Moscow’s new space chief, the new head of Roscomos,Dmitry Rogozin, envisions a bold and forward looking Russia which aims to engage in a ‘space race’. This time, however, Russia will accomplish another first. Following up on Russia’s claims to have launched the first satellite, put the first animal, and then human, into space – Russia now aims to build the first permanent pace on the moon.
Russia’s plans for exploration of the moon will be updated within 2 weeks, but Moscow still wants to have a permanent base on its surface, said Russian space agency chief Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.
Rogozin, who was named Russia’s space chief in May, announced the lunar changes while outlining his plans for a major overhaul of the space industry.
“We hope that the suggestions of the Academy of Sciences and the Science and Technology Council of Roscosmos will come soon. Within two weeks, they are expected to present their vision to explore Moon,” he said.
He did not give more details about how the program could change, but said plans for a surface base would remain in it.
Russia’s current lunar plan is to develop a new launch vehicle for superweapons over the next decade and use it to create a permanent surface foundation sometime in the 2030s.
Roscosmos is also collaborating with other space agencies on the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a project to build a manned space station orbiting the moon that would serve as a relay point for satellite missions and beyond, where spacecraft could refuel as needed.
The plan is for Russia to provide several modules for the station, but in September Rogozin questioned the collaboration when he complained that the US wanted Russia to “play the second violin” on the project.
Rogozin explained his plans to integrate several Russian space industry producers into three large companies that would be responsible for rocket engines, rocket hulls and instrumentation.
He also promised to double the number of space launches next year compared to 2018 and presented a progress report on rocket projects, including the Soyuz-5 rocket and the Angara rocket family.
Many states across the world have an interest in colonizing space, however, there are no major joint efforts to help this be achieved, with the private sector or individual states striving for this occurrence.