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Russian government to allocate 180 billion rubles for development of the Rus-M

January 29th, 2011

The Russian government plans to allot 180 billion rubles for the development of a new family of Russian space rockets and other spacecraft, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) chief Anatoly Perminov told journalists on Tuesday.

“The overall cost of the construction of a projected manned transportation system, a new space rocket system called Rus-M, and the ground technological complex will amount to about 180 billion rubles in the period up to 2015,” Perminov said following a government session dealing with the construction of the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s Far East.

The sketches of the new launch vehicles and a new-generation spacecraft were patented in 2010, he said.

The Rus-M medium-class rocket capable of carrying payloads reaching 24 tonnes is being developed by the Samara-based TsSKB Progress space center. This rocket should put the new spacecraft Rus being developed by the Energia rocket corporation into orbit for flight trials in 2015. A manned launch of this spacecraft is planned for 2018.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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