[FPSPACE] Russia resources for ISS
Fri, 1 Sep 2000 08:04:56 -0400
"Russia to Launch Eight Spacecraft To ISS In 2001"
"Koptev said Russia had committed to send another six supply vessels
to the ISS next year as well as two manned space craft, after
earmarking four billion dollars for the project.
Russia's ISS budget for the current year was 40 million dollars but
the space agency had
succeeded in raising 3.5 billion dollars from commerical ventures,
mostly in collaboration
with US firms, Koptev said."
What is Koptev talking about??? Rubles? 3.5B$ is significantly more
than the US will spend on ISS next year. They should be able to build
all the remaining Russian modules, and launch 3 or 4 years worth of
Soyuz and Progress missions for that.