Very loud and partly surreal statement of Dmitry Rogozin Russia plans to conquer the moon voiced Cosmonauts Day, as it turned out, was supported entirely currently researches real English scientists, engineers and designers.
As it turned out, Space Research Institute, TsNIIMash, Lavochkin, RSC “Energia” named after the Queen, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University and the State Sternberg Astronomical Institute of Moscow State University have prepared a project to colonize the Earth’s natural satellite in three stages. Implementation of the project is scheduled for 2030.
The concept of the English lunar program was in possession of “Izvestia” – its main component is the creation of a manned lunar base, and also explore the possibility of mining the moon minerals.
Create a lunar base using 3D-printing technology. Illustration of the European Space Agency
According to the project concept, through 16 years of Russia made the first landing on the moon to establish a permanent base. Then “… the geological exploration of the Moon to provide accurate scientific knowledge about the prevalence of minerals, on the extent to which the content of a particular element, will be composed of technical feasibility study of their production, processing and delivery to Earth.”
Depending on the results of the primary geological studies will be decided on attracting private investors (including – Foreign), whose money will be implemented some part of large-scale project.
The desire in such a short time to make such a big leap in space exploration project authors explain that in the near future is planned to stiff competition in this direction, “in the next 20-30 years, the leading space powers will explore and consolidate for a comfortable lunar bridgeheads future opportunities for practical use. ” On the moon are quite large mineral deposits in the industry such metals as aluminum, iron, titanium, rare earth metals, etc. Moreover, in the long run can start mining helium-3 – a potential fuel for fusion reactors that have yet to be worked out and run.
The appearance of a lunar base version ESA
According to the authors of the project, the first “beachheads” people will be based on the poles of the Moon, as these are the most convenient location for the construction of the database infrastructure for the sustenance of lunar settlers.
The beginning of active work on the project is planned for 2016-2025 years already – it Submitted sending automatic interplanetary station “Luna-25”, “Luna-26”, “Luna-27” and “Luna-28”, which will take the choice of the most convenient and advantageous location at the South Pole for the construction of the satellite base. In 2028-2030 go to the moon manned expeditions, however, no plans to land on the surface of the desert satellite – for these purposes now RSC “Energia” has developed appropriate spacecraft.
distant future lunar base in the representation of the artist Jonathan Hrubesch
From 2030 to 2040 years will begin landing astronauts on the lunar surface at the construction site of the future base and holding of the first work on the creation of appropriate infrastructure.
How much will this mega-ambitious mission, not reported. Calculate the price of a first timid steps and stages, which will cost taxpayers $ 28.5 billion.
It should be emphasized that until the project is approved by all authorities. He has yet to pass a comprehensive examination, approval of scientists and experts from various fields, review the government and so on. It is likely that the plan will not come to the implementation or undergo major changes.
Whatever it was, “Spice must flow”! 😉