MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that about 70 percent of all Russian space equipment is currently operated by the military.
In 2018, the Titov Space Testing Center, part of the Russian Aerospace Force, conducted all scheduled control sessions of the Russian orbital fleet.
According to a statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Defense, “70% of them are operated by the Earth-based automatic control system of the Space Troops.”
The Ministry of Defense also informs that in all, in the year 2018 15 spacecrafts were launched for different uses of the Plesetsk, Baikonur and Vostochni cosmodrome.
The Russian orbital fleet currently has more than 150 devices of different uses, the statement added.
Meanwhile, an important Russian space research center has posted a video of its nuclear rocket last November, which could land on Mars after 7 months, and can be relaunched in space only 48 hours after landing.
“A mission to Mars is possible in the very near future, but that is not a goal in itself. Our engines can be the basis for a series of space missions that now seem like science fiction,” said Vladimir Koshlakov, head of the Research Center Keldysh, in Moscow.
The institute, famed for developing the Katyusha rocket launched during World War II, has been working on what it claims to be a “single” propulsion system since 2009. From earlier descriptions, it is composed of a gas-fired feeds generator, which in turn feeds a plasma propeller.
Several nuclear reactors were installed in space by the Soviets and NASA between the 1960s and 1980s, but although Koshlakov declined to name a date when the new engines will be ready, he says it “will exceed the current level of technological and scientific development. ”
“Reuse is the priority,” said Koshlakov, a researcher who specializes in heat transfer and mathematical modeling.
“We need to develop engines that do not need to be refined or repaired more than once every 10 flights, and 48 hours after the rocket returns from space, it must be ready to be used again.