Russia to Start Full-Scale Lunar Exploration in 2020s
Preparatory work for lunar exploration missions has already started and Russia is ready to launch a full-scale Moon exploration program in late 2020s. This was stated by Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Director Oleg Ostapenko on Tuesday.
“We plan to complete the tests of a super-heavy carrier rocket and start full-scale lunar exploration at the end of the next decade. By that time, the analysis of the lunar surface data gathered by unmanned spacecraft will help us determine the best sites for lunar expeditions and bases,” Mr. Ostapenko noted.
“We have already started working on a new manned spacecraft, which will be the first element of the advanced manned system together with new launch vehicles – heavy and super-heavy carrier rockets. The system is designed for delivering cargo and cosmonauts to the Moon, and eventually into the deep space,” the Director of the Federal Space Agency said.