Roscosmos works on rocket for reusable Moon flights

The super heavyweight rocket development was estimated at $11 billion.
13:38, 03 June 2021
Roscosmos works on rocket for reusable Moon flights

Russian space agency Roscosmos is developing a rocket capable of returning to Earth for repeated flights to the Moon. For this, the launch vehicle will be equipped with special stages. Roscosmos has already published the relevant technical specification of a super heavyweight rocket on the Government Procurement website.

As part of the technical project, for developing a super heavy-lift rocket complex capable of reusable flights options should be worked out with a launch vehicle running on components of the rocket fuel such as oxygen and methane, including options with rescue and reuse of first-stage missile blocks, the tender mentioned.

Roscosmos also intends to revise the Yenisei super-heavy class space rocket project. It is planned to replace oxygen-kerosene engines with oxygen-methane ones. Up to this point, the first man-rating missions to the Moon until 2032 will be carried out using rockets of the next-generation Angara family.

Russian space agency estimates the rocket development at 800 billion rubles or at almost $11 billion. As conceived by the engineers, the reusability of the missile will reduce the cost of launching. Russia does not operate reusable rockets.

Previously, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk commented on the Russian space program. According to him, Roscosmos has made the right decision to strive for a fully reusable rocket by 2026.