[FPSPACE] The Russian space program after 2015
epgrondine at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 14 12:36:43 EDT 2007
Hi Raoul -
Here's some more on the current power stuggle:
and Sevastyanov's lunar architectures.
Two tourists ( $200 million) were necessary for a circumlunar flight - and
these were lined up.
Interestingly, unlike China, building CAPS (the Comet and Asteroid
Protection System) played no role in Sevastyanov's planning.
In my opinion that is unfortunate, and his failure to explicitly and
publicly adopt and plan for this goal probably ultimately led to the failure
of his effort.
The shift to an improved Soyuz followed on the rejection by ESA of Klipr.
But this was a logical course of development. In my opinion, Sevastyanov
(or some members of his teams) failure to come up with an industrial package
(division of work) for European firms must have played a large role here.
We remember the failure of Europe's Hermes effort; in my opinion, Klipr's
architecture was better, and had solved the front loading problem and escape
system problems. Undoubtedly someday we'll see it built, whether by Russia
or someone else...
Of course, as its first step it is likely that China will be working on an
enhanced SZ korabl, using 2 launches of the CZ5 to demonstrate the
Earth-Moon transport system as a first step in its CAPS program. There were
Chineses news comments about a March, 2007 governmental decision; but I
don't know what they are refering to - damn stroke, you know.
Man and Impact in the Americas
>Wondering if the Russians will go ahead with Klipr..or the Moon.
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