Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the state corporation Roscosmos, announced plans to launch the Kovcheg spacecraft, whose tasks will include performing various experiments in the field of space biology, physiology and biotechnology.
It is assumed that the satellite will collect important information that will make it possible to find out what effect deep space can have on the organism of living beings. This will help in the implementation of future long-term space missions, in particular, projects for the colonization of the Moon and Mars.
“So far, no expert has been able to confirm that humans are able to survive outside the geomagnetic field. In 2024, the Kovcheg spacecraft will be launched, which will stay for 4 weeks in orbit up to 20 thousand km“, – said Mr. Rogozin.
The head of Roscosmos did not go into additional details regarding the Kovcheg project.
It should be noted that Russia is planning other biological experiments in outer space. This, in particular, is the Bion-M initiative, within the framework of which specialized scientific satellites are being created. So, in 2013, the launch of the Bion-M apparatus No. 1, on board of which there were mice, geckos, snails, crustaceans, fish and various microorganisms. And in 2023, it is planned to launch the Bion-M apparatus No. 2, which is being created to study the effect of weightlessness and radiation on living organisms.
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