Russia plans on building a lunar base by 2030 – An Insight to the Report
The Russian News Agency TASS recently reported that Russia is keen on building a lunar base by the year 2030. Now, this has come off as surprising yet refreshing news especially after the country has never pretended to be in a “race to the moon” unlike the United States of America. Moreover, the country not only plans to send cosmonauts to the moon but also intends on keeping them there. Now this is what you call space science at its best!
1 Angara A5V
Since decades Russia has always been “hush hush” about its “moon target”, but now the country’s news agency, TASS has revealed that they are planning to call for about 6 launches of the Angara A5V heavy lift rocket in order to put enough amount of hardware into the orbit for their very first mission that happens to involve establishing a base on the moon by the year 2030.
A lunar base definitely seems something unreal as if arising straight from some kind of science fiction book. But, truly Russia is trying this for real and has set its targets soaring to the “moon”. Reportedly the European and Russian agencies are planning to go to the moon and an eventual agreement has been decided for.
2 Why Russia is not going the American way?
Talking of the differences among Russia’s first manned lunar mission and that of the United States some 46 years ago, the major one is the number of launches. With the U.S. having conducted the mission with a colossal Saturn V launch, it is really a matter of concern as to why the Russians have planned on a mission that requires multiple launches.
The obvious reason behind such a thing can be that Saturn V possessed lifting capacity that was about 4 times than that of the Angara rockets that are potential players of Russia’s “moon mission”. However, this is not all! Going back to the time when Russians called themselves “Soviets”, they too had tried the approach for a moon landing with one massive launcher known as the N1 rocket. Maybe, it is from their past experience that they have decided to do it the other way round.
3 Russia plans on money launching satellites
According to Russia’s plans, the Angara rocket will replace the heavy lift rocket of the Russian workhorse known as the Proton. As it is, it is more sensible to develop a launch vehicle that has commercial as well as a whole lot of other uses too. Though the Saturn V of the United States was a mammoth achievement, it did not turn out to be a beneficial multi-purpose launch vehicle. This is why the Russians probably intend on using Angara to get to the moon and also make some money launching satellites.
4 It is more than just “flags and footprints”
According to the TASS, another qualifying reason is that Russia’s first mission to the moon is supposed to be more than just a deal of “flags and footprints”. After all, they actually want to establish abase on the moon.
Not to forget that Russia is also planning on a cost effective solution with regards to this mission and that too in an age where cost cutting is regarded as a part and parcel of space travel. The Angara, then also will be a super powerful rocket that is capable of lifting over 700 tonnes of payload with every launch. Reason enough for Russia to give a miss to the idea of building a massive launcher resembling Saturn V and instead opt for using six individual rocket launches with the help of Angara.
5 One dream expedition to the moon
Each rocket launch is purportedly to send a new module to the moon and build up a lunar base quite the same way in which the International Space Station was put up together. And once all the habitat modules have finally reached their orbit, the manned mission would finally set off to begin its expedition to earth’s nearest neighbor, the moon.
Now before we get too excited regarding this ‘one of a kind mission” , Russia needs to clear to be on two things. Firstly, it has to build the Angara rocket and then once it is done, it has to purportedly send a probe to the moon in 2024 in order to scout the south pole of the moon to find out possible locations for moon base. So, time will be taken before Russia is finally able to launch a lunar base on the Moon. Till then, you never know US may also plan to do something like this, or maybe bigger than this even! Watch out for this space for more of such space related news, we will get them to you!