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Energia to become prime developer of super-heavy launch vehicle system

February 2, 2018

Energia corporation has been designated as the developer of the Super-Heavy Space Launch Vehicle System (SH SLVS).

The decree to construct this system at the Vostochnyi launch site was sifgned this week be the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Subcontractors include enterprises of the State Corporation Roscosmos: RSC Progress, TsENKI, etc.

The SH SLVS development concept assumes that the already existing designs will be used to the maximum degree possible. Also used in the development of the super-heavy launch vehicle (LV) will be the key components and manufacturing processes of the medium LV Soyuz-5 which is currently under development.

The main stages of the work on the project have been defined. During the first stage covering the period of 2018 through 2019 the SH SLHS preliminary design will be developed, the system architecture will be defined, feasibility studies will be prepared.

The second stage scheduled for 2020-2028 calls for carrying out research, development, design, survey, construction and installation work.

Flight tests of the super-heavy launch vehicle are scheduled to start in 2028.

According to the draft statement of work the SH SLVS is to provide upmass capability of up to 90 tons to low-Earth orbit, and no less than 20 tons to cislunar polar orbit.

Development of the SH SLVS will significantly expand the capability to implement a number of advanced space programs, first of all, of lunar exploration, deep space exploration, development of space systems to counter the asteroid threat, etc.

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.

ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August of 2015 in order to conduct a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry in Russia. State Corporation Roscosmos assures implementation of the Government policies in the field of space activities and provides for them a legal and regulatory framework, as well as places orders for the development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructure facilities. The functions of the State Corporation also include development of international cooperation in space, and creating conditions for using results of space activities in social and economic development of Russia.

Launches

June 6, 2018
The launch of LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-09 is planned
March 21, 2018
LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-08 is launched

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