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01.02.2013

Space investment: Russian program gets facelift

­Russia occupies the leading position in space research and exploration. Now the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has taken another step forward and published a state program entitled "Space activities of Russia in 2013-2020."

The main goals set are deployment and maintenance of orbital groups of national vehicles of scientific and socio-economic purposes (including the Russian segment of the International Space Station), modernization of the Plesetsk and Baikonur space-launch sites, construction of the Vostochny launch site, as well as creation of the right conditions for the expansion of services using the results of space activities.

You will see a two-step implementation of the state program. The first phase (from 2013 to 2015) is aimed to implement the existing federal space program and all the projects it includes. The second (from 2016 to 2020) is based on the development of new prospective directions which are detailed in the space development strategy up to 2030 and beyond.

The main problem we have to resolve is the creation of national space systems of scientific and socio-economic nature for actual use in the interests of consumers. The Russian rocket and space industry is stable enough on the world market and, for example, in 2011 Russia's share of the worldwide production of rocket and space technology was 10.7%. The state program aims to increase this share up to 14 per cent by 2015 and to 16 per cent by 2020. To achieve these goals, the Federal Space Agency has actively adopted the advanced manufacturing engineering technology, enhanced the development of the experimental base for developing the advanced space technology.

In addition, one of the priorities will be improving the management of the rocket and space industry, the implementation of comprehensive measures for its restructuring and re-equipment. Particular attention will be paid to the development of the areas of activity in which Russia has a competitive edge – it concerns the provision of such services as orbit injection, rocket engine manufacturing and manned spaceflight.

As a result of the state program we'll see putting into operation of the space rocket complex "Angara-A5", the construction of infrastructure of the Vostochny launch site. In 2015, as planned, we shall count 95 Russian systems in space and by 2020 that number will surely increase to 113 units.

In the sphere of basic research we plan to create three space observatories ("Spectrum-UV", "Spectrum-M" and "Gamma-400"), as well as to conduct missions of the orbiter "Luna-Glob" and landers "Luna-Resource".

To add up it should be mentioned that the implementation of the state space program up to 2020 will cost about 2.1 trillion rubles (about US$6.8 billion) including extra-budgetary sources. By adopting the state program, we will proceed with the preparations for the federal space program for the next period of 2016 to 2025.

Information source: Ambassador Yakovenko Column on RT




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