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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-07-2011 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ITAR-TASS
Roscosmos decides to abandon development of Rus-M booster

The Federal Space Agency decided to abandon the development of a promising booster Rus-M, Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said at a question-and-answer governmental session in the State Duma on Friday.

"We do not need a new rocket, we will use those that we have," he said.

Popovkin elaborated that more than 37% of Roscosmos budget was allocated to develop a launch vehicle by 2015, however, these funds are very small, "so, the launch of a new booster in 2015 is not in question."

RIA Novosti provides some background about the Rus-M rocket.
The two-stage Rus-M, intended to replace Russia's ageing Soyuz carrier rockets, was being developed by the Energia space corporation, which had already received 800 million rubles (more than $24.8 million) of budget funds for the project.

The carrier rocket was intended to launch new-generation spacecraft from the Vostochny space center currently under construction in the country's Far East starting from 2018.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in April the launch vehicle, whose draft model was first presented at the MAKS 2009 air show in Moscow, was scheduled to be developed by 2015.

The carrier rocket has faced strict safety requirements so that it could guarantee a takeoff or ensure a continuous flight or an ejection with a safe landing even with one of its engines out of action.

Additional information, including an artist concept of the Rus-M, can be found at RussianSpaceWeb.com.

kyra
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posted 10-07-2011 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another program is cut. I had no idea they were trying to develop the Rus-M on what would be pocket change at NASA. It had a Titan-IV shape to it for those that haven't seen it.

Vladimir Popovkin's style and policy seems more conservative than his predecessors, or perhaps he is just more pragmatic. In any event, the continuity of the R-7 family is assured for many years to come.

Robert Pearlman
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Originally posted by kyra:
In any event, the continuity of the R-7 family is assured for many years to come.
Rus-M was intended to launch from from the Vostochny space center. According to ITAR-TASS, Soyuz 2 rockets will now fill that role.
Soyuz-2 will be the first launch vehicle to take off from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur region. The launch site is under construction. The spaceport will be put into service in 2015.

Launches of Soyuz-2 rockets from Vostochny "will put to orbit new payloads, including Earth monitoring satellites, and prepare for manned missions, which may start in 2018," Federal Space Agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov said.

Soyuz-2 launch trajectories will go above water, which will require new techniques for saving astronauts in the case of emergencies, he said.

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