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Developed Russian vehicle “Soyuz-5” is expensive and does not meet modern requirements of a rocket, TASS said the General Director who purchased “Sea launch” company “C7 space transportation system,” Sergey Sopov.
“Rocket “Soyuz-5” in the form in which it is present, we do not need. In fact, it is growing and potjazhelevshie rocket “Zenit”. Why make a new “Zenit”, that 15 years later it is outdated? The fundamental point for us is price, and here we can not find a common language with our industry,” said the businessman.
According to him, the rocket “Zenit” in the form in which they exist 40 years old, can operate for another six or seven years, but we have to think about replacement. “We know that it must be a rocket of the middle class, which will output to a low reference orbit 16-17 tons,” said Sopov.
He also noted that to compete with the rockets, the Falcon 9 company SpaceX, which took a large share in the market of launch services, the cost of rockets for the “Sea launch” needs to be lower than that of American companies.
Rocket “Soyuz-5” will be used for launches of manned spacecraft “Federation”. The first launch vehicle scheduled for 2021 from Baikonur, the first manned mission scheduled for 2022. In the future, “Soyuz-5” should replace the Russian-Ukrainian “Zenit” launched from Sea launch. “Roskosmos” has repeatedly stated that the new missile will compete with Falcon 9 company SpaceX, and will be the basis for a superheavy carrier.
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