Russia to Decide on New Super-Heavy Rocket Design in January
Russia’s space agency Roscosmos will consider the design and appearance of the country’s new super-heavy carrier rocket in January 2015. This statement was made by Roscosmos Director Oleg Ostapenko.
“We have already received several projects from three leading space rocket enterprises. The group of experts has already started considering them, and we will select the winner in January 2015,” Mr. Ostapenko told reporters.
According to media reports, Roscosmos is looking to develop a super-heavy carrier rocket to be used in Russia’s lunar program. The launch vehicle would be able to lift up to 80 tons of cargo into space. In the long term, a rocket capable of carrying 130 to 160 tons could be developed.
The creation of a super-heavy carrier rocket is stipulated by the deep space exploration program. According to the document, this rocket will be used for lunar missions in 2028. Its load capacity is estimated at 80-85 tons.