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New Spaceship Planned, Russian Space Chief Says

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posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 12:46 PM
By Vladimir Isachenkov
Associated Press Writer
posted: 12:30 pm ET
17 February 2004

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian engineers have begun design work on a new spacecraft that would be twice as big and spacious as the existing Soyuz crew capsules, the nation's top space official said Tuesday.

The new craft will be able to carry at least six cosmonauts and have a reusable crew section, Russian Aerospace Agency director Yuri Koptev said at a news conference. Soyuz carries three cosmonauts and isn't reusable.

The spacecraft, designed by the RKK Energiya company, will have a takeoff weight of 12-14 metric tons (13-15 tons) -- about twice as much as the Soyuz, which was developed in the late 1960s.


posted on Feb, 19 2004 @ 07:04 AM
maybe an advance of

it will surely improve spacetravel

[Edited on 19-2-2004 by vorazechul]

posted on Feb, 23 2004 @ 07:50 AM
The The Russians will probably cancel this project because of lack of funds. They already had a shuttle but had to cancel it, so why build another?


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