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RSC Energia President Vladimir Solntsev spoke at the International Astronautical Congress in Israel

October 15, 2015

The president of Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia Vladimir Solntsev spoke at 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Jerusalem (Israel) and outlined key possible areas for further development of manned space flight.

"The high-priority line of activities for Russian manned programs in the next 10 to 20 years is lunar exploration. Russia develops a new-generation advanced transportation spacecraft, in the nearest future development of other elements of the lunar program will also begin. There are plans to accomplish a manned mission to the lunar surface before 2030", - pointed out V. Solntsev.

In his words, taking into account the fact that the Moon as the exploration target attracts interest of many nations, it would be reasonable to join forces with the leading space powers in order to cooperate with them on the basis of a mutually beneficial equal partnership.

"At the level of space agencies a conclusion has been reached about the advisability of establishing an international platform in near-lunar space, which might be useful for the implementation of the lunar program, as well as a springboard for missions to asteroids and Mars", - pointed out the Corporation president.

He explained that a reasonable solution would be to jointly develop engineering equipment with integration at the level of systems and instruments and to use the most efficient technologies. In which case the effort may involve, for example, the ICM group, which includes leading companies from Russia, USA, Europe, Japan and Canada.

"As for Mars, today it is the final reachable destination of manned space flight. At the level of technologies achievable in the foreseeable future, manned missions beyond Mars are problematic", - pointed out V.Solntsev.

Along with the exploration of the Moon and Mars, the president of RSC Energia singled out the problem of comet/asteroid threat, an important role in preventing which will be played by manned missions to study asteroids potentially dangerous to Earth.

In the words of V. Solntsev, to address most future tasks of space flight, a range of assets will be required, which includes a heavy-lift launch vehicle, a manned spacecraft, a habitable module, a chemical upper stage, a solar tug, a power/propulsion and ascent/descent modules.

In his turn, the vice president for strategy, business development and international activity of the Corporation Alexander Derechin in his presentation told about major trends in commercial spaceflight and prospects for space tourism development in the next few years.

Senior managers, postgraduates, young professionals and specialists of the Corporation annually present papers at technical sections and round tables of the International Astronautical Congress, which is held in various countries of the world and is the main scientific forum of specialists in space exploration. The organizer of the Congress is the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) with the assistance of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

 

Joint Stock Company RSC Energia is the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Solntsev.

 

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