Ailing Russian space agency intends for the first time in its history, a man on the moon and equip research station on Mars. This ambitious plan has been submitted to the government.
According to press reports, the Federal Space Agency did not specify the financial details, but mentions the intention to find external sources of funds, which will reduce the burden on the budget.
In addition, Russia may buy missile technology from other countries to catch up by 2020 his eternal rival - NASA. "It should be noted that the establishment of Russian spacecraft with the target characteristics will occur mainly with foreign elements" - according to news reports.
Recently, the Federal Space Agency pursues series of setbacks, including a failed satellite launch and failure of the mission Phobos-Grunt. Experts blame the ongoing brain drain from the underfunded agency and the dependence of too many lost and the effectiveness of government contractors. These two factors lead to an ever-increasing backlog of NASA.
It seems that the new agency plans designed to meet these challenges and the highest priority is given to technological development and modernization. Federal Space Agency hopes to develop a reusable spacecraft, like the American shuttles that will take people to Mars and back.
By 2030, Russia is to "conduct controlled test flight around the moon, followed by moon-landing astronauts on the moon’s surface and their return to Earth," - said Roscosmos. The agency says it hopes to cooperate with other countries with a view to long-term arrangement of the network of research stations on Mars, which will be an important step on the way to a possible colonization of the Red Planet.