Russia’s Roskosmos and the Rocket and Space Corporation (RKK) Energia have signed a contract for blueprinting a new orbital station.

According to TASS, the largest Russian news agency, the work will be performed in two phases:

  • Analysis of scenarios for deployment and the station’s inclination, including the scenario for undocking the active modules of the Russian segment of the International Space Station, the cost of deploying the station and calculating transfer of spacecraft from the station’s orbit to lunar orbit.
  • Development of a preliminary design and technical specifications for a variant of the orbital station based on the results of the first stage of design. The provision of the station with communications, training of cosmonauts, medical supplies, the possibility of functioning in crewed and unscrewed modes, and use of robotic systems will also be considered.

The first phase is to be completed by June of this year; according to the terms of reference, the second phase will last until March 2024.

As noted in the document, the work should be completed on March 31, 2024. The contract value is almost 2.69 billion rubles – roughly $40 million in U.S. dollars.

Credit: Roskosmos

Credit: Rocket and Space Corporation (RKK) Energia

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