Lockheed and Boeing to Explore Deep Space with Russia
Russia’s Energiya Space Corporation and Lockheed Martin plan to adapt the newest US manned spaceship Orion for docking with Russian spaceships. This was announced by Vladimir Solntsev, President of Russia’s Energiya Space Corporation.
“The space ships should be adapted to one another and common sense prompts us we should be able to dock them. It’s important to know how to lend shoulder to each other, because any kind of situations may occur. And the Orion should also have capability to dock with other ships as it performs deep space missions. Our representatives discussed prospects for joint cooperation with counterparts from Lockheed Martin and Boeing last week. Following these meetings, we signed a range of protocols on further collaboration. Our US partners are interested in joint programs for deep space exploration,” Mr. Solntsev pointed out.
It should be noted that the first docking of Russian and US spaceships took place in 1975 within the framework of the Soyuz-Apollo experimental project.