For the first time Russia will concede leadership in the number of space launches, the US and China

The carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” launch site of the cosmodrome “Baikonur”. October 2016

Photo: Alexey Filippov/RIA Novosti

At the end of the year Russia gives USA and China by number of space launches. This is because before the “Roskosmos” was another priority is the creation of many orbital groups

Russia at the end of 2016 for the first time will hold fewer space launches than the US and China, reported the first Deputy head of Roscosmos Alexander Ivanov, reports “RIA Novosti”.

“We have this year will be the first time the number of starts is less than the United States and China,” he said, speaking at the conference “Cosmonautics of the XXI century” in the Queen. According to him, this is because under the Federal space program before the state there were other problems, chief among them the creation of many orbital groups.

“The Federal space programme is directed and formed so that in the first place to revive constellation. We are in the best interests of the PCF reduced the runs. Created by the orbital communications, orbital constellation of remote sensing (satellite remote sensing — approx. RBC), created a number of groups for military purposes, the first task of the PCF (Federal space program — approx. RBC) were aimed at precisely that,” — said Ivanov.

Ivanov also said that the creation of the new carrier rocket of superheavy class requires funding of 1.5 trillion rubles. The creation of superheavy rocket with a launching table requires 1.5 trillion rubles,” — he said.

As told earlier in August 2016, the General Director of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev, “Roskosmos” has started designing a new superheavy rocket, which can be the main missile for the lunar program.

According to him, for the development of the rocket uses the RD-171 engine, which “is the basis of the concept of super-heavy carrier” and the third step for the media you plan to take on flying “Angara”.

“The use of hydrogen circuits for the first and second levels of the media, we’re not looking. Third step you want to take from flying “Angara”, — he said, adding that the Corporation takes existing designs, allowing you to save both time and money. According to Solntseva, it makes possible the creation of new missiles in record time — “it’s about five to seven years,” he said in August.

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