In the next couple of years will be introduced a single-turn scheme of manned flights in which the new crew of the International space station will be delivered into orbit in a record time, just two hours from the moment of start of the carrier rocket from Baikonur. It is reported by news Agency TASS, referring to rocket-space Corporation “Energy”, which is developing an appropriate scheme.
“According to experts ballistics of RSC Energia, to implement a single-turn scheme convergence is possible in two to three years”, — stated in the message on the website of RKK “Energy”.
It is noted that the main advantages of a two-hour flight profile are: reducing the time people stay in a fairly small space devices, a more rapid delivery of various biomaterials for scientific experiments aboard the ISS, as well as the possibility of saving fuel and other resources required for the flight.
Currently, the Russian ships “the Union” (Russia at the moment, the only country capable of delivering people into orbit) get to the ISS via a standard two-day scheme or a six-hour fast.
Earlier in April it was reportedthat the Russian space truck “Progress” could set a new speed record of delivery of new supplies to the station get to her only 3 hours and 21 minutes. Then the ship made two orbits around the Earth. A flight in the near future it is planned to adapt and for manned flights.
As noted by Rafail Murtazin, Deputy head of the center for theoretical and ensure RSC Energia, a new scheme for manned missions in the future will also be used to send humans to the moon. In addition, it is planned to use in case of need for emergency rescue operations in space.
Recall that projects for the development of rockets that will be used for missions to the moon are already underway. Full documentation and skins of these missiles must be submitted before the end of this year and first flights expected by the end of 2020-ies.