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New space ships of the USA and Russia

New ships Russia: Soyuz TMA-MS, Progress MS, PCA and PTK NP Rus.

New ships USA: Cygnus, Dragon, CST-100, Orion.

Existing ships of Russia: Progress M, Soyuz TMA-M.

Existing ships of the United States: no.

Signus together with Soyuz TMA-M

Soyuz TMA-MC is a Russian multi-seater spacecraft for flight in earth orbit.

New upgraded version of the spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-M”. The update will affect almost every system of manned spacecraft. The first launch is planned no earlier than 2016.

The main points of the program of modernization of the spacecraft:

the energy-conversion efficiency of solar cells, will be enhanced through the use of more efficient Photovoltaic cells;

the reliability of rendezvous and docking of spacecraft with the space station due to the change in engine installation of the mooring and orientation. Continue reading

Flight to Mars

Russia will fly into space on a nuclear engine. Go work on the creation of such a transport and energy module. This was stated by the head of Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin in a holiday interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. Today, the country celebrates the Day of cosmonautics. Popovkin said that it is a compact machine with a capacity of one megawatt, the modules will be used in the composition of the inter-orbital tugs and even for interplanetary missions. Mass no analogues in the world.

Yuri Yurievich, what do you think? How realistic is it to create such a setup? How it would function?

Karash: to Create it, of course, real. As far as using it for interplanetary flights – it makes sense. With regard to inter-orbital tug – it is like flying on Boeing-474 from Moscow to Kaluga. I need to use nuclear installation does not see. But if you work its action somewhere within the Earth, then it certainly makes sense. In General, the use of nuclear thrust for interplanetary missions is the most promising.Suffice it to say that the company estimates MSNW (it’s an American company that, together with universitatsstra Washington now developing the nuclear rocket engine), with the use of this type propulsion system flight to Mars and back can be placed in the interval from 30 to 90 days. Continue reading

NASA and Boeing will create a super-heavy rocket

NASA and Boeing have agreed on joint creation of the carrier rocket heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) for manned expeditions beyond low earth orbit and transport cargo. SLS is being developed instead of the carrier rocket Ares V, its first test flight is scheduled for 2017.

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National aerospace Agency (NASA ) and the U.S. company Boeing have signed an agreement on the creation of the carrier rocket heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) capable to cargo and manned missions beyond low earth orbit. The price of the agreement amounted to $2.8 billion, according to the English portal RT .

According to the developers, who worked on the project for several years, the first version of the rocket will reach 100 meters in length and orbit nearly 22 tons of cargo. Its launch is planned in 2017.

Second, enhanced version of the SLS will have 20 meters long and its capacity will exceed 113 tons. The rocket should put into space manned spacecraft MPCV astronauts on Board, which is projected on the basis of the ship Orion. First flight is expected in 2021. Continue reading

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