Private Russian microsatellite to test the version of the US landing on the moon, June 9, 2021.
Russia has prepared a project for a private microsatellite designed to capture the traces of American astronauts on the moon, Soviet landing stations and lunar rovers.
The development of the project began in 2015, about 1.5 million rubles were collected for it on the Web using crowdfunding, RIA Novosti reports.
The developers noted that while the preliminary design of the satellite is completed, its appearance was presented in 2019 at the Museum of Cosmonautics.
“Now the traces of the first researchers are of historical interest:“ Luna-9 ”has not been found - the Soviet vehicle was the first to make a soft landing on the Moon. It is interesting to look at our "Lunokhod" and, of course, the footprints of the astronauts. I am confident that such a launch will attract the attention of the whole world, so we hope to find support from those who care about such attention. We want to offer patrons and sponsors a new opportunity - to make a contribution to space exploration, ”said the initiator of the project, Vitaly Egorov.
The microsatellite weighs less than 100 kg; it is planned to launch it along the way on one of the Russian rockets. They expect to put a camera with a telescope on it, this will help to see the details of the lunar surface up to 25 cm in size from a height of 50 km.
Also, the satellite will have to conduct reconnaissance of past, present and future sites for landing on a natural satellite of the Earth, including under foreign programs.
The device will be able to map the most interesting parts of the moon for scientists with high detail.
The total cost of development, production and flight tests, according to the authors, will be about 750 million rubles, excluding the launch cost. The developers want to interest private sponsors, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Roskosmos to attract funding.
“Sponsors, for example, will be able to name the apparatus to perpetuate their contribution to the program. It is planned to place advertising logos on the surface of the device and deliver a symbolic cargo to the Moon: messages from earthlings, pennants and samples of products of sponsoring companies. From the lunar orbit, it is possible to broadcast musical compositions and conduct shooting in the interests of television companies, ”the authors of the project indicated.
They created a company to implement the project, it is called Orbital Express.
Earlier, the first private Russian company "CosmoKurs" was closed , which planned to create a reusable suborbital complex for space tourism and build a cosmodrome in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
Text: Alexey Degtyarev