kvs wrote:Looks like a primary objective is to recycle Zenit infrastructure. The Sunkar is basically a Russian made Zenit with Banderastan left
to dick stroke itself senseless in its nazionalist hate for Russia. Big_Gazza raises important questions about the specifications of the
Sunkar, but the answer seems to be save money by making a Zenit variant. I also do not think that manned modules are limited by
the specs of the Sunkar since it is going to be a modular, Angara type, system. If they want some crew module and lunar lander then
they can launch the heavy variant or assemble the system in LEO.
The choice of the name Sunkar is pandering to Kazakhstan already. As for whether the nepotistic regime in charge actually shells out
some serious coin, I am not so sure. I get the feeling that Kazakhstan is Banderastan light and its rotten leaders want to receive money
and not give it away. I really don't see how Russia can ensure reasonable behaviour on the part of these clowns. Since Russia wants to save money
by using the Baikanur Zenit infrastructure, these f*ckers have leverage. Russia needs a real vision and not penny pinching idiocy even if
that means taking two years to build a "Zenit" launch pad at Vostochny. They will need one anyway.
Regarding Zenit infrastructure, there isn't much to recycle. One pad available for modification, one utterly ruined, though I suppose the fuelling and service facilities have a significant value as long as they are maintained. When was
the last Zenit launch from Baikonour? Zenit was a great rocket, but post-USSR split, it was always fucked up by Ukropi corruption, incompetance and lack of cash, so an all-Russian modernised equivalent would be an excellent asset.
Regarding the lift spec, they could strap a few Angara URM-1 to the first stage if they need to boost lift capacity. It would prudent to base the Sunkar pad gantry on the Angara design and allow for a slightly wider core (4.1 instead of 2.9m) and up to 4x URMs. I wonder if, given the relatively small increase in core size, its conceivable that the Vostochny pad could be redesigned to accomodate a slightly larger core and therefore be compatible with a Sunkar cluster?