Russia And China Have Presented A Plan To Create A Lunar Station
Russia and China presented a roadmap for the construction of an International Scientific Station on the Moon during the International Conference on Space Exploration ELEX-2021 in St. Petersburg.
The presentation of the stages of the creation of the station was demonstrated on Wednesday by the Deputy Director-General of Roscosmos for International Cooperation Sergey Savelyev and the deputy head of the Chinese National Space Administration, Wu Yanhua.
The International Scientific Lunar Station, planned by Russia and China, is a complex of experimental research facilities being created on the surface and in orbit of the Moon, which is intended for multidisciplinary scientific research.
Among them is the study of the development of technologies for long-term unmanned operation of infrastructure with the prospect of a long-term human presence on the Moon.
According to the presentation, at the first stage, from 2021 to 2025, it is planned to conduct exploration of areas for the creation of a station on the lunar surface. During this period, three Russian and three Chinese automatic stations will be launched. The Soyuz-2 launch vehicles will send the Luna-25, -26, and -27 stations to the Moon, and the Changzheng-3B and Changzheng-5 rockets-the Changzheng-4 (already launched), Changzheng-6, and Changzheng-7 stations.
At the second stage, from 2026 to 2035, it is planned to build a station. During this period, the Luna-28 automatic stations will be launched by the Angara-A5 rocket and the Changzheng-8 by the Changzheng-5 rocket. After that, it is planned to deploy the station's infrastructure with the help of three Russian and three Chinese missiles.
At the third stage, the operation of the station will begin in 2036.