Russia completes the design of a ship to go to the Moon
The Russian company Energia announced it completed the design of a prototype for a ship that will be able to travel, “not only to the International Space Station (ISS), but also to the moon,” said Vitaly Lopota, CEO of the company.
Energia won the contract to build the ship, to be called “Prospective Piloted Transport System” or PPTS in 2009. The company said it expected to make the first test flight in 2017.
At present, the Russian space agency Roscosmos uses a modernized Soyuz to carry astronauts to the ISS. This is a ship that has a very old, made its first flight in 1967. Russia has tried several times to launch a revamped version, but failed to trouble financing the project, and is not too clear whether the design presented today will run a different fate.
PPTS details have not been revealed yet, although it is known to be partially reusable, can carry more cargo and passenger numbers increase from three to six.Moon, Roscosmos, Russia, Space, spacecraft