The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who visited on Saturday, December 19, the Polyot enterprise, where in 2023 they will launch mass production of Angara-class launch vehicles, told reporters the date of the first launch of the Russian spacecraft for flights to the Moon.
According to the head of the Russian space agency, the first test flight of the Russian spacecraft “Eagle”, which will be used for flights to the moon, according to the plan should take place on December 15, 2023.
The development of the spacecraft “Oryol” (formerly “Federation”) for flights to the Moon has been underway since 2009. Initially it was planned to launch it on a Rus-M rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome, but in 2011 this project was closed. Therefore, the ship was “transferred” to the Angara launch vehicle. Then, in 2017, Roskosmos decided to conduct flight tests of the Eagle using the Soyuz-5 rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome, but in 2019 they returned to the Angara version.
The first test launch of the Eagle will take place on the Angara-A5 carrier rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome. After that, in 2024, an unmanned spacecraft flight to the International Space Station is to take place, and in 2025 the Eagle flight to the ISS will take place with a crew on board.
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