The Russian rocket for lunar exploration may cost 1.5 trillion rubles

Create a super-heavy launch vehicle and use it to fly around the moon could cost the Russian budget of 1.5 trillion rubles. About it reports the edition “RIA Novosti” with reference to its sources in the space industry. As reported by one of the interlocutors of the Agency, the draft Federal target program for the creation of super-heavy rockets and unmanned flight around the moon will be prepared by “Roskosmos” and submitted to the government by January 15.

We are talking about a program designed to 2020-2030 with the prescribed amounts. The source reports that currently, various options are super-heavy carrier with a different value, but “on average, the program requires around 1.5 trillion rubles.”

In this case we are talking only about the development of rockets, creating a prototype and conducting one unmanned flyby of the moon. In the disclosed amount does not include the development of spacecraft that will be launched along with it. Its creation will be financed for another program. Also envisaged in the above-mentioned timing of a manned flight around the moon. But again, this will require additional funding.

The appearance of the carrier rocket will be determined at the meeting of the scientific and technical Council of Roscosmos on 18 December. At the meeting it is planned to choose a primary and two additional options. The most perspective and priority in terms of choice at the moment, according to the source, projects are the RKTs “Progress” with six side blocks on the basis of the rocket “Soyuz-5”, the draft RKK “Energy” with five lateral units on the basis of “Soyuz-5” and the reconstruction project of the production of Soviet rocket “Energy”.