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Russia Says Next-Gen Spacecraft Design Ready 59

The next generation of Russian spacecraft will be ready for test flights by 2017, according to Energia President Vitaly Lopota. 'We have completed the technical design project taking into account the fact that the new spaceship is to fly to the Moon, among other places,' he said. Federal Space Agency Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin says the new ship would be built by 2018 and would be able to conduct missions to the International Space Station and the Moon.
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Russia Says Next-Gen Spacecraft Design Ready

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  • by moderators_are_w*nke ( 571920 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @09:15AM (#42410383) Journal

    At least they're trying - NASA can't even make it to the ISS since the shuttle got decommisioned.

  • by Jafafa Hots ( 580169 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @10:36AM (#42410739) Homepage Journal

    Not really.
    You have to understand the Russian process. They announce things like this at least twice a year.

    This is not a program, it's a proposal. Every year they trot out a couple of proposals (remember klipr?) and see if they can get interest and funding.

    If not (and so far "not" has always been the case) then they go back to the drawing board and make another proposal in 8 or 12 months.

    Over and over.

    And each time Slashdot and others announce what the Russians "are building," never stopping to notice that all of the previous plans that were "nearing completion" never even resulted in a single piece of flight hardware.

    Just watch. This will go nowhere, and next year there will be a different plan for a different vehicle.

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor