Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans for a new space initiative today. That includes shelling out more than $50 billion over the next seven years to complete the country's Vostochny cosmodrome, modernize rockets, and eventually send cosmonauts to the moon and even Mars.
Russia currently launches rockets out of Kazakhstan, but in an announcement, Putin and other leaders laid out a new timeline like this: Launch from Vostochny in 2015, launch a manned mission by 2018, and by 2030 have the ability to take out threats from other countries through space. Also they want to start a permanent moon base... at some point.
Since putting the first man into space 52 years ago (this announcement comes on the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's launch), Russia's rockets haven't had the most updated tech, and since 2010, multiple launches have failed. Part of the cash for the program will be used to modernize those systems.
Details about the program are still pretty vague; Russian officials mentioned, without elaborating, that they're moving forward with their plans to create a permanent moon base. No timeline is in place for that, though.
So, yeah, there's a lot here. We'll see how much of that happens on time over the next few years--looks like they've got the cash.
Perhaps this is the excuse Washington needs to pour funding into NASA - here's hoping!
Meanwhile in the US, we're looking for ET...*shakes head*
"...have the ability to take out threats from other countries through space..."
Am I the only one who thinks this comment is ominous? Also, aren't there UN regulations on militarizing space/orbit?
Better make Vladimir happy, dont worry it will happen, maybe without the high end US/EU tech, but itll fly...
as Matt5327 said theres the chance for the next space race between 3 superpowers.
No facts, No response...
I guess the Russians did not get the memo.
The moon belongs to the aliens, we are not supposed to go back there.
well russia have AKs so it doesnt give a damn ^^
No facts, No response...
AK's are the only fire arm that is even reliable in space...lol
I just like rockets so MUCH!
So are we supposed to be taking some kind of warning and having a few 'accidents' with the Russian personnel on the ISS or is this directed toward all the other nations with the known capability to threaten Russian interests on the moon and Mars and 'in space'? So just who dat is?
Something tells me that it ain't North Korea even though at least a few of their 99 red balloons are probably programmed to fly against the wind and therefore probably worry Putin to no end.
So I guess that old rag of a Non-Proliferation of Space agreement is now burning on the flagpole, right?
Cool. Let's go to war then.
Sorry Vlad, $7B per year will not fund a manned mission to Mars in 7 years. Tax revenues generated by the Russian economy are not even sufficient to meet the minimum funding needs of their current armed forces for basics like salaries or equipment maintenance, let alone procuring new equipment.
The only reason Russia has been able to maintain any domestic space industry at all for the past decade is by selling their engineering capability and launch services to countries like China or India at low cost. Unfortunately, within a few years China and India will have developed their own domestic space programs, and Russia will be left with no customers.
Russias extraordinary dedication to space really is impressive considering they have ~1/10th of our GDP.
@riff_raff Quite a few people think we can do a dragon mars flyby for $2b, I don't see why the Russians could not do the same with 7.
Per the Outer Space Treaty, only nuclear and other WMD's are bared from space platforms, conventional weapons are permitted.
NASA should begin lassoing dozens of asteroids around the Moon and if countries misbehave send them plummeting to the Earth on a targeted trajectory.......no nukes but more firepower than nukes.
Weapons in space is always a bad idea. Glad to hear that other countries are interested in going back to the Moon. Someone has to jump the gun to Mars, because I am tired of waiting for the next space race.
@ negateeks; In orbit, any weapon that causes physical destruction to another thing is a WMD. Chain reaction. But whatever. If war is the goal anyway, then ain't no one paying attention to any rules. We may not know dick about keeping an equitable peace, but we make war real swell.
Ah good! It was now the Russians' turn to wake up to the importance of the EMdrive.
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The next space race has already begun.
It started the minute NASA scrapped the shuttles and all its manned missions.
If Russia teams up with China this race is already over.
Russia and China are the Mc'Gyver Bruce Wayne of space exploration.
"...Quite a few people think we can do a dragon mars flyby for $2b, I don't see why the Russians could not do the same with 7...."
adaption- Neither the SpaceX Dragon vehicle nor any of the current SpaceX launchers are capable of performing even a manned mission beyond LEO, let alone a manned Mars fly-by. SpaceX spent far more than $2B of taxpayer money on building a launcher and capsule that can barely get 120 miles up to the ISS.