Russia Plans Ambitious Year in Space

Soyuz rocket

Speaking to media editors-in-chief today, Roscosmos Head Antaoly Perminov laid out plans for a very busy year in space that includes four dozen launches, Russia’s first interplanetary probe in 15 years, a greater role in the International Space Station, and the development of new rockets and infrastructure.

During an appearance at the Club of the Leading Russian Media Editors-in-Chief in Itar-Tass, Perminov discussed the country’s space plans, which include:

* 48 launches, an increase from 31 last year * October launch for Phobos-Grunt, an ambitious mission to return samples from the Martian moon Phobos * assumption of the sole role in transporting crews to and from the International Space Station once the American space shuttle retires * construction of roads, railways and worker housing for Russia’s new Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region * completion of the GLONASS navigational satellite constellation * debut of the Soyuz launcher in French Guiana * development work on the Angara and Rus-M launchers * launch of the Resource-P remote sensing spacecraft, which will haveĀ  0.4-0.6 meter resolution * operation of the Electro-L satellite launched earlier this year * design work on the Arctica space system.

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