Use for works on the moon and other extraterrestrial celestial bodies, robots, combining a wheeled platform and anthropomorphic elements, it is a good idea, however, the possibilities Russia for the delivery of such products to the natural satellite of the Earth raise questions, writes ArsTechnica journalist Eric Berger.
The author, commenting on the RIA Novosti that Russia plans to send to the moon “grandfather” robot Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (FEDOR), recalls that the last time the country (USSR) carried out a successful soft landing on the surface of an extraterrestrial celestial body in 1976 during the mission, Luna 24, the results of which the planet was taken a fragment of lunar regolith with a mass of 170 grams.
“There are serious questions about funding for the campaign in Russia, and also technical questions about whether “Roscosmos” to perform the interplanetary mission,” writes Berger.
The author notes that statements from the Russian side, concerning the creation of the FEDOR family of robots, may not have sufficient financial justification to explain the building a “good” public relations head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, “besieged” in January, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Earlier in October, the source RIA Novosti reported that Roscosmos through “three or four years,” plans to send to the moon a lunar Rover, which is a Rover mounted with his anthropomorphic body from FEDOR.
2 September the head of state Corporation, commenting on the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov about the necessity of bringing to the construction of the cosmodrome East, the defense Ministry said that “some build, others criticized.”
Before that, in January, Medvedev at a meeting on financial and economic state of the Corporation and its subordinate organizations, said that Roskosmos should finish with “project-mongering” in space and “talk less and do more”.
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