Russia plans over $50 billion in area spending by 2020, eyes area weapon deterrent by 2030
We have already seen the Obama administration announce its newest price range for NASA this week, and now President Vladimir Putin has introduced that Russia might be spending greater than $50 billion on its area-associated efforts by 2020. Probably the most fast results of that would be the completion of the Vostochny Cosmodrome close to Russia’s border with China, which Putin says continues to be on monitor to see its first rocket launch as quickly as 2015 and its first manned launch in 2018. With NASA decommissioning its shuttle program, all manned area launches at present happen on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (as pictured above), and Putin says the brand new launch base may even be open for different nations to make use of.
Past that, Putin says that Russia may also have what’s being described as an area weapon deterrent system by the yr 2030, though specifics on it unsurprisingly stay a bit mild in the intervening time. Russia says it additionally stays dedicated to sending cosmonauts past Earth’s orbit sooner or later, together with to a everlasting base on the moon that it says might be used as a future launching pad for flights to Mars. Unmanned missions will precede that, although — certainly, a brand new Moon probe is about to be the primary launch from the aforementioned Vostochny Cosmodrome.
[Picture credit score: NASA/Invoice Ingalls]