Sputnik Natalia Seleverstova
The Director General of the Russian Cosmos Space Corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, announced that his organization has begun designing a light model of the heavy manned “Oriol” vehicle.
This was stated by him in an interview he gave on December 29 to the Russian “Komsomolskaya Pravda” radio.
He said that “Ros Cosmos” will start in 2023 testing the “Auriol” (Eagle) heavy manned vehicle. Its lightweight model, called “Orléonoc” (Little Eagle), will be used to achieve space flights to the moon after 2028.
He explained that the “Uriol” unmanned vehicle is expected to be launched in December 2023 by an “Angara” missile from the Russian civilian airport, “Vostochny”. It is not planned to dock with the International Space Station. Either launching the manned vehicle in 2025 requires its docking with the station. If the test is successful, the “Oriol” heavy manned vehicle will make trips to the space station. As for its lightweight “Orléonoc” model, it is devoted to making space flights to the moon only after 2028.
He said that the design of the “Orleonuk” lunar spacecraft provides for the use of 90% of the components of the “Oriol” vehicle. He explained that the weight of the “Orlyonok” vehicle, which will accommodate the astronauts, will reach 16 tons. It will be equipped for a space trip to the moon on the International Space Station by the station’s Russian crew.