To the Moon, Russian cosmonaut will fly on the American spaceship Orion
The first flight of Russian cosmonaut to the moon, most likely, will be carried out with the help of an American spacecraft Orion. Tentatively it will happen in 2024. As part of this mission, he will participate in the assembly of the Russian airlock on the international lunar Lunar Orbital Platform Station - Gateway. This was reported by RIA "Novosti", referring to an anonymous source in the space industry.
In April in Houston hosted a meeting of the international group, which discussed the features of the new space station near the moon, as well as the future prospects of its use.
"Within the outline of future manned missions are made in the negotiations lunar station. Including discussing the possibility of flight of Russian cosmonaut in the vehicle crew The Orion, which towed the Russian airlock to the Moon "- shared the official.
Also, the source added that currently planning four manned missions to the lunar station. At the same time, Russian cosmonaut sure to go in the first manned mission to the moon will take gateway module and hold its installation.
"In addition, negotiations are under way for the inclusion of another Russian cosmonaut crew to another, but they are in the initial stage" - the source added.
Dates for the second flight of Russian cosmonaut agency's source did not elaborate, but the press center of RSC "Energia" (the company, as previously reported, is ready to take the assembly of the module), the information agency did not comment.
The first flights on the lunar station crews will be on the American ship Orion, which will run super-heavy launch SLS. the crew to fly to the moon will consist of up to four people. In the future, after the creation of the lunar version of the ship "Federation", Russian cosmonauts will be able to fly to the lunar orbital station already on the domestic technology.
Now the Russian participation in the project Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway is not fully defined. Prior to that, it was reported that the United States and its partners are forcing Russia to build a gateway module for crews spacewalks by American technical standards and use an American suit instead of Russian. In turn, Russia has offered to build a gateway module for the money or the United States to share the cost of its creation with the European Space Agency. However, there is still no approved at the level of "Roscosmos", or participation of the government program.
Based on the text of the memorandum, published on the website space agency NASA, the appearance of the lunar orbital station Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway, as well as the role of participation in its creation of various countries, including Russia, will become clear in the coming months.
"The goal for the summer of 2018 - to the extent to determine the distribution of functions between all partners (local and international), so you can start developing the other elements of the station, in addition to PPE (Power & Propulsion Element - the first station unit, which should go into orbit Moon in 2022), "- said in a published document.
It was reported earlier that the project, in addition to NASA's, participated by 14 space agencies. Currently, the US agency is exploring various options for the possible structure and equipment of the station.
"Since assembly and creation of equipment to support manned missions - is a long-term process, NASA will be determined with the appearance and the major Gateway summer 2018 features the year", - said in a memorandum.