Dmitry Rogozin (center), General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos, visits JSC NPO Lavochkin Credit: JSC NPO Lavochkin

Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos, visited JSC NPO Lavochkin on February 26 to receive a work-in-progress briefing.

Credit: JSC NPO Lavochkin

Lavochkin, part of the Roscosmos State Corporation, is working on Russia’s next lunar mission, Luna-25, as well as ExoMars-2022. Lavochkin has an impressive and history-making past, producing an array of planetary exploration spacecraft.

Rogozin received an update on the progress of complex electrical tests of Luna-25, carried out in the finishing chamber of a control and measuring station. Also, shown to Rogozin was a test bench for ground testing of the onboard control complex of the Luna-25 spacecraft.

Luna-25’s main task is to develop basic technologies for soft landing within the south pole of the Moon. Liftoff of Luna 25 is scheduled for October 2021.

ExoMars-2022 mission is joint ESA/Roscosmos project. Shown is rover ready to depart Russia-provided landing module and science landing platform.
Credit: Thales Alenia Space/Master Image Programs

Little Cossack

The Roscosmos chief was briefed on the ExoMars-2022 spacecraft – a European/Russian project. Lavochkin is the main contractor and coordinator of the work on the Russian side, as well as the developer and manufacturer of the ExoMars landing module and science landing platform named Kazachok (“Little Cossack”).

The launch of ExoMars-2020 (delayed from the last Earth-to-Mars window due to parachute issues, other testing woes and coronavirus concerns) is September-October 2022.

Go to these Roscosmos videos on Luna-25 and ExoMars (in Russian)

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