Credit: S.A. Lavochkin

At Russia’s S.A. Lavochkin, a media briefing featured updates on two main planetary projects now underway at the company: The Luna-25 lunar lander mission and the ExoMars-2022 project.

On March 17, 2021, Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation, held a meeting with journalists at S.A. Lavochkin.

Credit: S.A. Lavochkin

The Luna-25 space project is developing basic soft landing technologies in the circumpolar region and conduct contact studies of the Moon’s South Pole. The launch of Luna 25 is scheduled for this year, October 2021.

Russian-provided landing platform, “Kazachok” – translates as “Little Cossack.”
Credit: ESA

Mars landing platform

Meanwhile, work on Russia’s key contributions for the ExoMars-2022 mission continues.

It is a large joint project of the Roscosmos State Corporation and the European Space Agency.

JSC “NPO Lavochkina” is the main contractor and coordinator of the work on the Russian side, as well as the developer and manufacturer of the landing module and landing platform “Kazachok”.


The launch of the mission to the Red Planet is scheduled for the Earth-Mars window in September-October 2022.

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