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    Russia to send probe to Jupiter moon Europa 2020

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:09 pm

    Russia ready to send an exploratory mission to the moons of Jupiter - Europe - in the 2020-2021 year
    02.09.2009

    Russia may send an exploratory mission to the moons of Jupiter - Europe - in the 2020-2021 year, ITAR-TASS. This was reported at the Sixth International Aerospace Congress deputy director of the Institute for Space Research / IKI / Russia Academy of Sciences Oleg Korablev. On Thursday, he spoke on "Planting apparatus on a satellite of Jupiter - Europe.

    Korablev reminded that Europe and three more satellites of Jupiter were discovered by Galileo Galilei. Modern views on Europe were formed once flew through the Jovian several U.S. space vehicles. In particular, it was found that Europe is water ice. Based on these data there were different models of the thickness of the ice cover. According Korableva, "all these models, the total" pearl "- under the ice is a liquid water ocean." According Korableva, "Europe sample of the ice world, where life can be."

    The representative of SRI said that the research work on the mission to Europe led Lavochkin and ICI. "It is expected that the mission will orbiter and lander - clarified Korablev. - The orbital module will remain in orbit for the European data relay from the lander. In making these modules will be used backlogs of previous missions -" Phobos-Grunt "and" Moon resources. "assumed that the mass of the lander will be 550 kg." Korablev noted that developers are forced to take into account the mission greater restrictions on the radiation, because the powerful radiation belts of Jupiter may adversely affect the on-board equipment.

    "Research work on the mission to Europe is scheduled for completion in 2010 - said Korablev. - Estimated launch date - the years of 2020-2021. Under this mission will be used rocket" Proton ". According Korableva, flights to the system of Jupiter and access to Europe would take seven years. lander on the surface of Europe is working 60-90 days.

    "The priority mission - to search for traces of extraterrestrial life and study of the structure of Europe - said Korablev. - Flight of Russia's mission will be carried out in parallel with similar missions of the European Space Agency and the U.S. agency NASA. According Korableva, in case of success of these missions following the direction of research distant planets solar system, most likely, will be Saturn.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:14 am

    With a launch date of 2020 or so that might mean that the nuclear powered rocket Russia is to develop as a space tug could be used. This could either greatly increase the payload size, or increase it a smaller amount but shorten the travel time.

    Europa is a fascinating target, as are pretty much any moons in that region of the solar system.

    The idea there might be a liquid ocean below the ice is intriguing.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  milky_candy_sugar on Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:27 am

    Else than the scientific reason, are there any other aims for sending an exploratory mission to Europe?


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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:41 am

    milky_candy_sugar wrote:Else than the scientific reason, are there any other aims for sending an exploratory mission to Europe?

    See if there is water on it... water means possible life. First to study it gets prestige.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:07 am

    I think I have seen a European proposal that suggests and orbiting relay station and a probe that is dropped with a nuclear reactor on board. The probe will heat up its base and melt its way through the ice and leave a small surface antenna attached to it by a cable so as it descends it remains in contact with the relay station above via the cable as the ice melts again above it. When it reaches any ocean below the ice surface it can swim around and send information up through its cable to the antenna on the surface up to the relay station in orbit and back to Earth.

    Potential problems include extreme tidal gravity forces from nearby Jupiter and of course radiation from Jupiter, as well as the extreme cold.

    Will be fascinating.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  solo.13mmfmj on Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:26 am

    "With a launch date of 2020 or so that might mean that the nuclear powered rocket Russia is to develop as a space tug could be used. This could either greatly increase the payload size, or increase it a smaller amount but shorten the travel time."

    Is Russia trying to build orion propulsion type space ship?

    "Else than the scientific reason, are there any other aims for sending an exploratory mission to Europe?"
    Ships like this could offer a major strategic advantage comercial or military.

    Also news like this one could create a new space race between countries or corporations.Things have gotten boring ever since NASA became a climate monitoring agency

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Fri May 07, 2010 6:50 am

    Not up to date with what an Orion is, but here is the Russia Today article about what I was talking about:
    http://rt.com/Top_News/2010-01-28/nuclear-rocket-engine-space.html?fullstory

    Regarding a new space race, I would hope we have all learned from the last race and would try cooperation instead of competition.
    Competition led to enormous costs on both sides and to deaths from risks that did not really need to be taken.
    In many ways cooperation is much harder, but we have a better future ahead of us if we try cooperation rather than cold war competition and mistrust.

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    Russia to launch 520-day mock mission to Mars

    Post  USAF on Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:35 am

    Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- In an attempt to re-create the experience of a manned mission to Mars, an international team of researchers will lock themselves up in a windowless capsule for about a year and a half -- time required for a round trip to the Red Planet. Starting Thursday, an all-male "crew" of six -- three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a Chinese -- will spend 520 days in the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of a special facility in Moscow and will follow a strict regimen of exercise and diet.


    Organizers at the European Space Agency and Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems hope the project will shed light on the physical and psychological effects of the long isolation that future Mars astronauts will experience.


    "This study is not useful only for Mars, but also for life on Earth," 27-year-old Diego Urbina, the Italian-Colombian participant, said in a news release.


    The researchers will communicate with mission control via the internet, with occasional disruptions and a 20-minute delay to imitate the effects of space travel.


    They will perform tasks similar to astronauts at the international space station, such as maintenance and scientific experiments, but for a longer period of time. They will follow a seven-day week with two days off, except when special and emergency situations are simulated.


    The latest isolation test is the last and longest part of the Mars500 experiment that began in 2007. The first phase was a 14-day simulation that mainly tested the facilities and operational procedures. The second phase followed in 2009, when four Russian and two European crew members were shut into the facility for 105 days.


    Missions to the Red Planet have thus far been unmanned. In January, NASA told CNN Radio that the agency was close to a deal to merge its Mars program with the European Space Agency's, a big step toward manned missions.

    http://www.planetpit.com/profiles/blogs/russia-to-launch-520day-mock

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:49 am

    When you are a million kms from Earth you have to use what you have efficiently.
    There will be new technology needed that will benefit us created for this sort of exploration.

    One of the most interesting, I think, technologies will be a nuclear tug the Russians are designing to reduce the risks of long distance space flight, by either allowing more to be taken or to reduce flight times dramatically.

    Of course any manned flight to Mars will no doubt be prepared for with robotic missions sent first to perhaps find water and perhaps start producing air and fuel supplies for the trip back, maybe even start growing food for the first humans to arrive.

    Here is the news article from Russia Today:

    Russian nuclear rocket engine may get mankind to other planets

    28 January, 2010, 10:37

    Humans on Mars and beyond and protecting the Earth from asteroids… A new nuclear propulsion system to be used in spacecrafts is set to be developed in Russia.

    The technology will allow bigger vehicles to be sent into space, making manned missions to Mars possible. It will also mean new and more efficient type of satellites to monitor weather and gather intelligence.

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    “It’s a kind of inter-orbital tow spacecraft for launching new heavy satellites and spacecraft to far-destined orbits, as well as to the Moon and other planets in the Solar system. At present we have rockets with chemical fuel that can launch a vehicle weighing 5-6 tonnes. While these new vehicles will weigh two, or even four times more,” explained Igor Afanasyev from Cosmonautics News Magazine.

    The Kremlin has set aside some 17 billion rubles to help develop a nuclear-powered rocket engine. 500 million rubles of that money are set aside for 2010.

    Russia's space company Energia, which helps to develop the engine, estimates the new spacecraft could be tested by 2015.

    Currently rockets use solid or liquid fuel boosters, which are very energy-inefficient. With the new system, once the payload gets into space using conventional fuel, they can then stop using that booster and switch over to the new nuclear-powered drive that has the potential to bring payloads to much greater distances.

    That is something that can help get payloads to the ISS, and this is even more important, as the US space shuttle program is going to end in 2010 and not resumed until 2015.

    It also has implications for getting mankind even further to the Moon, possibly to Mars, and even exploration further in the cosmos.

    This new technology also has potential applications for military defense. For instance it could be used to monitor troop movements in the field.

    But what rocket and space corporation Energia is trying to really stress is the new system’s civil defensive potential.

    “Some media outlets have misinterpreted our words on the application of the system – saying it might be used to propel a military spacecraft with offensive capabilities into space. In reality the system will help provide communications in regions hit by natural disasters and military conflicts. It will also be used to avert an asteroid threat and to monitor our territories,” Energia’s statement says.

    The advantage of such an engine is that unlike conventional rockets that burn for minutes putting out enormous amounts of thrust for very short periods this nuclear rocket will operate continously probably for years so the longer the trip the more efficient its use as a power plant.

    Regarding radiation, outside Earths atmosphere there is radiation from the sun and deep space all over the place.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  solo.13mmfmj on Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:49 pm

    Technology makes things cheaper now.In a decade or two companies may afford to have space launching facilities

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:07 pm

    What we need is a probe or spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt and find a huge asteroid made of solid gold, or titanium or something similarly valuable or even useful.
    I kinda have mixed feelings about space exploration... I think it is good that we have life established on several rocks in this Solar system as soon as possible because if we can learn to live self sufficiently on Mars then the technology that allows that might be used to allow us to do it better on Earth. I also think having our eggs in more than one basket will be useful the next time a large asteroid happens to smash into Earth as it seems to have done many times in the past.
    My negative feelings however are that when we start expanding we will start exploiting and polluting as we go and with the new sources of resources we wont bother learning to conserve... we can always pillage the next frontier...

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  solo.13mmfmj on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:49 pm

    "What we need is a probe or spacecraft to visit the asteroid belt and find a huge asteroid made of solid gold, or titanium or something similarly valuable or even useful."

    We must if we want to have access to more resources.

    "I kinda have mixed feelings about space exploration... I think it is good that we have life established on several rocks in this Solar system as soon as possible because if we can learn to live self sufficiently on Mars then the technology that allows that might be used to allow us to do it better on Earth. I also think having our eggs in more than one basket will be useful the next time a large asteroid happens to smash into Earth as it seems to have done many times in the past."

    This is the only thing that in the long run will save our species.

    "My negative feelings however are that when we start expanding we will start exploiting and polluting as we go and with the new sources of resources we wont bother learning to conserve... we can always pillage the next frontier..."

    Pollution doesn't matter because space is infinite.There is no purpose in conserving pillaging the next frontier is far more important.

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:24 am

    What I mean is that if we can't learn to live in balance with Earth where survival is largely easy and food and water and other essentials are abundant then surviving elsewhere will be much harder.

    A bit like a kid with a toy... if it treats it badly and keeps on breaking it why give it another toy?

    The solution to a kid smashing an expensive toy is not to keep giving it more toys... you have to teach the kid to respect what it has first.

    Perhaps we might all work together better if there is an external threat, like hostile aliens, but it is sad to think the only way humanity might sort its sh!t out is such a drastic thing.

    People will freely admit dog is mans best friend, and that is sad that our ideal friend is reliant on us, devoted to us, loyal to us... and of a different species.

    Our ideal friend does not disagree with us and does things the way we do things.

    Going OT... will stop it now Embarassed Smile

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    Luna-Glob program

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:40 pm

    Luna-Glob is the name of a Moon-exploration program by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) based on plans dating back to 1997. Due to financial problems, however, the project was put on hold only to be revived a few years later. Initially scheduled for launch in 2012, the mission has been brought forward twice, first to 2010 and then to 2009. Now it is planned to be launched in 2014.

    Luna-Glob is the first of four missions planned before the creation of a fully robotic lunar base scheduled for after 2015.

    http://www.russianspaceweb.com/luna_glob.html

    http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/luna-glob.htm

    source:%20http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/18/58931510.html

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Tue May 01, 2012 9:24 am

    Russia Announces Manned Moon Mission By 2030

    Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, announced this past weekend that it is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, reports RIA Novosti.

    The space agency said that it will start off resuming its lunar activities by 2015 by using an unmanned space ship.

    Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin voiced back in January that the agency desired to set up a manned moon research base with European and U.S. partners.

    Popovkin said that there were plans to either set up a moon base, or to launch an orbital station around the moon.

    He also said that Russia is currently developing a “prospective manned transportation system” to be sent to the moon.

    The country is planning to send two unmanned moon missions by 2020, which includes the Luna-Glob and Luna-Resurs spacecraft.

    The launch time frames for the missions may not be set in stone because the two spacecraft are using the same technologies as Russia’s failed mission to the Martian moon Phobos.

    The Phobos-Grunt mission launched in November last year, but it met its end after its engines failed to put it on course for Mars. The mission was designed to bring back rock and soil samples from Phobos, however, the mission made an early reentry to Earth’s atmosphere back in January after its engine failure.

    As part of the moon mission plans, Russia plans to build super-heavy rockets by 2020 that will be capable of carrying 20 tons of payload.

    Roscosmos also said that it plans to build a lunar orbital station after 2030, as a stop-over platform for the manned missions.

    The space agency said that 2030 would be a breakthrough year for Russia’s space technologies, according to its website.

    “By 2030, the measures must be undertaken to deploy and maintain orbital groups to serve the needs of the (Russian) social-economic sphere, science, defense, national security, and to create progressive technologies of servicing, fueling and repairing the space vehicles in the near-Earth space,” Roscosmos said on its website.

    The Russian agency said it would begin full-scale preparations for manned expeditions to Mars and unmanned missions to asteroids after 2030.

    Source: redOrbit (http://s.tt/1as50)

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1112524512/russia-announces-manned-moon-mission-by-2030/

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Tue May 01, 2012 11:54 am

    Here is an infographic showing some near future plans of the Russian space agency:


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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Fri May 04, 2012 5:02 am

    Russian cosmonauts to land on the Moon in 2030

    The strategy of Russia's activities in space before 2030 stipulates, among other things, a flight around the Moon and the landing of Russian cosmonauts on the surface of Earth's satellite. According to the document published on the website of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, Russia plans to run an orbital lunar station and maintain large spacecraft and inter-orbital spaceships on near-Earth orbits.

    The draft strategy stipulates three stages of development of the Russian space industry. The first one of them - before 2015 - stipulates the creation of the first stage of Vostochny spaceport. The second stage is to be achieved by 2020. By that time, Russia plans to create all necessary conditions for Russia's independent access to space from its own territory. Roscosmos also plans to finish the exploitation of the International Space Station by 2020 and take all measures to take the ISS off orbit. In addition, Russian specialists will be working on the creation of the new manned spaceship of new generation.

    Roscosmos also plans to participate in the work of the international group to launch space rovers to Mars, Venus, Jupiter and asteroids.

    By 2030, Russia plans to create a missile space complex of super-heavy class and develop the equipment for the exploration of the Moon. In addition, it is planned to make a demonstrative manned flight around the Moon and land Russian cosmonauts on the natural satellite of our planet.

    Back during the 1970s, the USSR was exploring the Moon with the help of two radio-controlled rovers Lunokhod-1 and Lunokhod-2. In 1976, the program was finished. Japanese satellite Hiten and US spacecraft Clementine and Lunar Prospector were exploring the Moon during the 1990s.

    It is worthy of note that George W. Bush said in 2004 that Washington was planning to create new manned spaceships during the forthcoming decades. The new ships would supposedly be capable of delivering both humans and space rovers to the Moon.

    China officially joined the lunar race in 2007. India did the same in 2008.

    Russia's Space Strategy also says that the nation would be developing technical means to defend its spacecraft, including the right for self-defense. It is highly important for Russia to obtain independent access to space which would exclude the risks of unfriendly actions on the part of other countries.

    http://english.pravda.ru/science/tech/03-05-2012/121017-russia_moon-0/

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    Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:53 pm

    Russia Considering Cooperation In JUICE Jupiter Mission

    The Russian space agency is considering participating in a developing project to send a spacecraft to Jupiter.

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is starting-up the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) project, and Russian scientists are considering the possibility of participating, according to a Voice Of Russia report.

    Lee Fletcher from JUICE’s Oxford University scientific group presented the objectives of the mission at the Scientific Assembly of the International Committee on Space Research in Mysore, India.

    The JUICE mission is a reduced version of the EJSM project, which included two satellites: ESA’s JGO meant for exploring Jupiter and Ganymede, and NASA’s JEO, intended to explore Jupiter and Europa. Japan was expected to participate in the EJSM project as well to study Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

    Jupiter isn’t frequently visited by spacecraft, despite it being the largest planet in the Solar System. Cassini passed by the planet on its way towards Saturn, while New Horizons passed by on its way to Pluto.

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched August 5, 2011 towards the giant gas planet, and it will take five years to complete its nearly 1,700 million mile journey.

    Juno will be studying the deeper layers of the atmosphere, while the planned JUICE mission will focus on the upper layers.

    The Voice Of Russia said that Russia is interested in the JUICE project because when the EJSM project was under development two years ago, Russian scientists suggested joining the program with their spacecraft aimed at landing on Europa.

    JUICE’s mission plans doesn’t include a trip to Europa, so Russia is reviewing the plan of the mission and determining whether it should either send a spacecraft to conduct research on the spot, or send a mission to Ganymede, according to the report.

    The next launch for the Russian planetary program is scheduled for 2014, which is a joint Russian-Indian Luna-Resource project that includes a Russian lander. The Russian Space Agency also has plans for about two scientific missions up to 2018, including a lunar spacecraft.

    “The question is whether or not it is compatible with a flight to Jupiter,” Olga Zakutnyaya for The Voice of Russia wrote.

    “On the one hand, the international agencies’ practice shows that along with the smaller-scale missions, larger “flagship” projects are constantly being developed,” Zakutnyaya said. “On the other hand, perhaps, it would be more prudent for Russia to choose a gradual recovery of the space industry accompanied by more frequent, but less complex launches, and consistent development of various systems.”

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1112662967/russia-considers-jupiter-mission/

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  GarryB on Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:10 am

    Can't wait till they have a nuclear space tug developed... that will greatly increase interplanetary performance and give them better payload options too.


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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:22 am

    Russia to start research base on the Moon

    Russia plans to set up a research base on the Moon.
    According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Russian cosmonauts have gained great experience working in orbit and have conducted a large number of scientific experiments at the ISS.
    All this gives grounds to contemplate launching a project to create a major research base on the Moon, Rogozin said.
    Rogozin said that such a project could contribute to a “breakthrough” in the development of Russia’s space industry, which is going through hard times at the moment.
    A total of 6 space launches have been cancelled in Russia for technical reasons in the past 18 months.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_11/Russia-to-start-research-base-on-the-Moon/

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:02 am

    It would be nice to see some progress in getting us off this planet.

    Construction on the moon should be easier than in space as the light gravity will stop things floating away.

    I would think that it would be easier to dig down into the surface than take external structures. The moon rock would offer better protection from radiation than most man made materials.


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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:30 pm

    The Russian Space Agency’s head, Vladimir Popovkin, has announced Russia’s plans for space in the coming decade. Among the priorities, to be implemented before 2020, is sending a spacecraft to the Moon. A fleet of small spacecraft to be deployed for near-Earth missions is also proposed to expand Russia’s microsatellite program.

    Small spacecraft for near-Earth science

    Vladimir Popovkin has just opened the third International Moscow Solar System Symposium at the Space Research Institute, part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Russia’s Federal Space Agency chief outlined several basic planetary and space plasma missions to be implemented in the coming years.

    It seems that Russia’s space science revival will begin with small steps and international collaboration. Two microsatellite launches will take place next year, namely RELEK and Lomonosov (built by the Lomonosov Moscow State University) for space plasma and cosmic ray studies. Working on the projects alongside Russian organizations, will be representatives from Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, South Korea, Mexico and the USA.

    The RELEK experiment continues the microsatellite series that was started this year with the launch of Zond-PP. Both spacecraft utilize the specially designed MKA-FKI microsatellite platform, recently developed by the Lavochkin design bureau. The same platform will also be used for further missions to be launched in 2014 and 2015. The project will consist of two spacecraft; RESONANCE will study what happens in the Earth’s magnetic fields, followed by the “Strannik” solar wind project. The latter will be launched at approximately the same time as NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, and, according to Popovkin, attempts will be made to synchronize them.

    Microsatellites are relatively cheap to develop and deliver into orbit, despite their small size they collect valuable data and provide an orbital system for constant monitoring of Earth, the near-Earth environment and other phenomena. A longer-term objective is to prolong the lifetime of such missions, it is hoped that RESONANCE will last no less than 5 years.



    Mars looming beyond

    Outlining the Russian planetary program, Vladimir Popovkin said three separate missions to the Moon would take place before 2020. Two of them continue on from the former Luna-Glob mission, now split into separate landing and orbital projects. In addition to their scientific objectives, to study the lunar South Pole and its surrounding plasma, the missions will also be used as test-beds for future planetary projects. New thrusting systems will be used to adjust the spacecraft’s orbit altitude from around 100 km to 50 km and then as far as 500 km. A new data transmission system will be also necessary, the lunar missions are expected to generate around 2 gigabytes of data every day.

    Breaking the Luna Glob project into two missions carried into space by two separate rockets also brings advantages for space science; there will be more room available for scientific experiments aboard each of the spacecraft. The first Luna-Glob landing missions are being planned for the end of 2015 or early 2016. Two or three years later, in 2017/18 the Luna-Resurs project will be launched to further the study of lunar polar soil. As Vladimir Popovkin pointed out, the mission also provides opportunities for wider international cooperation, with the European Space Agency in the first instance.

    It is also intended for the lunar program to be interwoven with manned spaceflight, although no specific details were given about possible human involvement in the projects.

    Then comes Mars. Popovkin confirmed that an agreement for the ExoMars project will be signed between the ESA and Roscosmos in November. As far as Russian missions are concerned, namely, the second Fobos-Grunt, no final decisions have yet been made. Although it is highly likely that Fobos-Grunt 2 will feature in the next Federal Space Program (2015/16), its future still depends strongly on the outcome of the lunar missions.

    Even more undefined are the prospects for a mission to land a spacecraft on the surface of Venus; this project may form part of longer-term plans in 2020–25. Much more distinct is the future for the mission to Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, as it is closely connected with the European JUICE mission to orbit Jupiter’s icy moons. Popovkin also speculated that these two missions might even merge, which would make their launch and operation easier.
    In a nutshell, outline plans for the coming decade have been formulated, though inevitably they will change according to how the actual situation plays out. Then, there are also solar projects and expeditions to explore some of the smaller bodies in the Solar System. But the core of Russia’s future space program seems now to be more or less settled.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_09/Russian-space-science-microsatellites-distant-planets-space-plasma-and-cosmic-ray-studies/

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:59 am

    Roskosmos intends to repeat the launch of "Phobos-Grunt" for errors of the first space mission. Repeat start possible in the years 2016-2018.

    http://ria.ru/science/20121008/769021415.html

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    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:00 am

    The main efforts and resources of the Russian space program will be directed to the lunar missions

    MOSCOW, October 8. (ARMS-TASS). The main efforts and resources of the Russian program will be directed to the lunar missions. This, as the ITAR-Tass reported today at the 3rd Moscow Solar System Symposium on Head of the Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin.

    He noted that the failure of the mission "Phobos-Grunt" forced to reconsider the approach to other planetary missions. "We need to increase the reliability of space vehicles, as well as the reliability of terrestrial systems," - said Popovkin, adding that it has also been modified procedure for implementing the study of the Moon.

    In late 2015 - early 2016 will launch the project "Luna-Glob" under it on the surface of Earth's natural satellite will be delivered to the lander. "It will be done in the exploration of the South Pole of the Moon, the Earth will be delivered to the lunar soil - said the head of the Russian Space Agency. - There will also be explored mineral composition of the lunar surface and search hydrous rocks."

    According to Popovkin, the successful implementation of this mission to solve two technical problems: test a soft landing on the moon and to the annual term of the equipment on the satellite of the Earth.

    The project "Luna-Glob", besides the lander to study Earth's natural satellite will be conducted with the orbiting spacecraft, to be launched in mid-2016 "The orbiter is a complex program of flight, - Vladimir Popovkin. - We will change the height of the orbit to get a variety of pictures of the lunar surface. " So, plan to change the orbit from 100 km to 50 km, and then re-raise the spacecraft. For making such maneuvers Russian specialists will need to meet the challenge of establishing an appropriate propulsion system.

    As the head of Roscosmos, the implementation of the lunar program also questions about the effective transmission of large amounts of information from the spacecraft to Earth. "The day will be sent to approximately 2.5 gigabytes of data, it is, in particular, will need to upgrade the ground complex" - said Popovkin.

    Apart from the "Luna-Glob" to Earth's natural satellite will be sent to 2017 - 2018 years. mission "Luna-Resource". "We look forward to close cooperation with the European Space Agency in the framework of this project, and such arrangements already exist," - he said.

    Roscosmos also expressed the view that "it is necessary to move from the study of man in space to a broad study of its capabilities in outer space."

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    Re: Roscosmos planetary missions:

    Post  Viktor on Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:41 am

    Finally some good news

    Russia is returning to the Moon  Very Happy  Very Happy  russia 


    Russia preparing to send three research craft to Moon - Academy Space Research Institute

    "The first stage of our lunar program is already being implemented. The construction of the first three vehicles - Luna-25, Luna-26 and Luna-27 - is being financed," Zelyony said.

    In his words, the Luna-25 mission is due in 2016, Luna-26 in 2018 and Luna-27 in 2019.


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