Creating a super heavy rocket and using it to fly around the moon could cost the Russian budget 1.5 trillion rubles. About this reports the publication “RIA Novosti”, citing its sources in the rocket and space industry. According to one of the agency’s interlocutors, the draft federal targeted program for creating an extra-heavy rocket and unmanned flyby of the moon will be prepared by Roscosmos and submitted to the government by January 15.
This is a program designed for 2020-2030 with prescribed amounts. The source reports that at the moment various variants of super-heavy carrier with different costs are being considered, but “on average, the program needs about 1.5 trillion rubles”.
In this case, it is only about developing a rocket, creating a prototype and carrying out one unmanned flyby of the moon. The announced amount does not include the development of a spacecraft that will be launched with it. Its creation will be funded by another program. It also provides for carrying out a manned flyby of the Moon in the above indicated periods. But again, this will require additional funding.
The appearance of the launch vehicle will be determined at the December 18 meeting of the scientific and technical council of Roscosmos. At the meeting it is planned to choose the main and two additional options. The most promising and priority in terms of choice at the moment, according to the source, are Progress RCC projects with six side blocks based on the Soyuz-5 missile, the RSC Energia project with five side blocks based on the Soyuz-5 base and the project to restore the production of the Soviet energy rocket.