Federatsiya spacecraft’s first flight may be rescheduled to 2022 - sourceThe launch will be made on a new carrier of the middle class, which is being made now under the Feniks project
MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. Roskosmos plans rescheduling the first launch of the Federatsiya crewed spacecraft from 2021 to 2022 and to make it from Baikonur on the Feniks new middle-class carrier, sources at the space sector told TASS on Saturday.
Formerly, the first launch was planned for 2021 from the Vostochnyi pad on the Angara class carrier.
"Roskosmos suggests reviewing the plans to launch the Federatsiya crewed spacecraft and to relocate the launch to the Baikonur port. The launch will be made on a new carrier of the middle class, which is being made now under the Feniks project. This project will be implemented in the framework of the Bayterek complex. This would not require major changes to the spacecraft, as the new carrier would be using RD-170M forced engines, and the tests of this complex are planned for 2022," the source said.
Besides, the source continued, organization of the infrastructures for piloted launches from the Vostochnyi spaceport (assembly-testing facility for manned spacecraft, life support systems on the launch pad, infrastructures to accommodate crews) may be postponed until super-heavy carrier for Moon flights is designed.
"Due to the changed carrier for the spacecraft’s launch, the decision is to refuse from work on a piloted version of Angara-A5P carrier. Manned programs will return to the Vostochnyi cosmodrome only in the beginning of construction of the launch complex for the super-heavy carrier after 2025," the source said, stressing the new plans would not affect construction of the Angara launch complex, which is still due by 2021, though the launch now is planned not with a piloted spacecraft, but with unmanned payload.
The super-heavy carrier will be used in the piloted program to fly around the Moon and land on it. For that, the industry will be working on a heavier and bigger 20-tonn version of the Federatsiya spacecraft.
"The first stage of work on the super-heavy carrier will be implemented at the Baikonur spaceport, as the Feniks carrier and Federatsiya spacecraft are tested," the source said.
Roskosmos has given no comments.
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This is seriously getting annoying....
OK so overall plan, as of now, should be:Soyuz 2
series remains light/ultra-light cargo launcher, LEO: 2,8 tons (no surprises there, track record is staggering)Angara 1.2
for larger payloads, LEO: 3,8 tons (military will like this one)Angara A5
for medium payload, LEO: 24,5 tons. This is replacement for Proton basically which means that even though it will not be man rated it will however facilitate commercial and more importantly, scientific missions without blowing up mid-flight.
Man rated Angara A5P is canceled
due to making larger Fenix rocket primary launch platform for Federation. Federation
spacecraft proceeds with one year delay and new launcher.Fenix
is new super heavy launcher and designated platform for Federation spacecraft. Core stage only for LEO, strap on boosters (Angara modules most likely) will be added for deep space missions. Baikonur
will be used for testing and Federation launches in the initial stage and probably for manned missions to LEO.Vostochny
will have Soyuz and Angara pads for cargo launches. Construction of Angara launchpad proceeds as scheduled. Launchpad and facilities for Fenix rocket and Federation spacecraft will be constructed after they are ready and lunar program gets underway. (This means delay in construction start for manned missions but not necessarily, they might start after Angara pad is completed or they may be a pause in between)So Baikonur gets to keep manned launches and gets Federation missions but only for LEO.
Vostochniy will be used for big ticket projects like deep space manned missions and Moon/Mars projects. Also, nothing will be stopping them from launching to LEO from Vostochniy as well should they need to.
I was pissed off beyond belief when I heard about this but upon reading trough it I think it might work.
Vostochniy will be used for high value manned missions to Moon and Mars and super heavy launches like more complex deep space probes/rovers, space telescopes and larger space station components.
Regrettably, Baikonur will get be used for Federation missions. However only for testing and to LEO afterwards. This is very annoying but when you think about it, if Russia plans to spend eternity stuck in Low Earth Orbit then it does not matter if they do it from Russia or Kazakhstan.
----------------- KVS, I need to ask you something:
do you think that this new setup could be result of Kazakhstan actually contributing financial resources to these new projects for a change? As in real money?
If they did, then I just might despise them bit less...