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Russia does not need a medium-heavy rocket “Soyuz-5”, said RIA Novosti former CEO and a former designer of the Khrunichev Centre Vladimir Nesterov, who worked on the failed media family “Angara”.
“I think that the “Soyuz-5″ will not be due to the fact that nobody wants it,” said the engineer.
In his opinion, “there is a misconception of “Soyuz-5” and there’s a correct “Union-LNG””. “Only this rocket again in serious need of adjustments from the point of view of its creation. It is necessary to do absolutely on new technical principles that we can thoroughly and correctly to compete on the world launch market,” said the designer.
Nesterov admitted that between the “Angara” production Center Khrunichev and “Union”, working in the Rocket and space Corporation “Energia” and space-Rocket center “Progress”, there is a competition. “”Angara” will definitely win a piece of the market with the right strategic lines of its production and use. If there is no “Union 5”, “Soyuz-6”, “Soyuz-7″, heavy vehicles and so much more,” said the engineer.
Nesterov also recognized the impossibility of creating reusable “Angara”.
In January 2019, Dmitry Medvedev, who was then Prime Minister, concerning the economic and financial status of the Roscosmos meeting, requested the Corporation to finish it with “project-mongering” in matters of space, but also to talk less and do more. At the same time the Prime Minister noted that on the Eastern spaceport in the Amur region built only a quarter of the planned facilities.
Moscow Khrunichev Center is considered the most problematic and unprofitable enterprise “Roscosmos”. One of the failed projects of the company is the development of media family “Angara”, which in the heavy version needs to replace the “proton-M”. Rockets is more than a quarter century and took more than three billion dollars. In light and heavy versions, the carrier flew twice (in 2014). Currently the debts of the Center Khrunichev exceed 80 billion rubles, which is comparable to the annual budget of the Corporation.
Samara space-Rocket center “Progress” is one of the most stable in terms of finances of enterprises of Roskosmos. Currently, the majority of Russian missile launches for space applications is carried out with missiles of this enterprise. Space-rocket center “Progress” in conjunction with Rocket and space Corporation “Energy” working on a range of carriers “Soyuz-5” which should be the basis of super-heavy carrier “Yenisei”. Also in the “Progress” working on the project reusable carrier for liquefied natural gas “Soyuz-LNG”.
Taking the position of head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin called for the entire space industry to find a use for the rocket “Angara”. Also, the official took the decision that created the “Energy” space ship “Federation” will not start “Soyuz-5” and more expensive “Angara”.
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