RKK “Energia” is developing a cargo-passenger version of the ship “Orel”

RKK “Energia” is developing a cargo-passenger version of the ship “Orel”

Specialists of RKK “Energia” have started the creation of a cargo-passenger version of the “Orel” ship, intended for flights to the Russian Orbital Station (ROS) and beyond the limits of low Earth orbit. The first flight is expected in 2028-2029, TASS reports with reference to the report of the company’s general designer, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Volodymyr Solovyov, presented at the XLVIII Academic Lectures on Cosmonautics in Memory of S.P. Korolev.

According to information from the report, from 2028 to 2033 it is planned to send ten Orel ships to Russia. According to the plans, the new modification of the ship will allow to place up to four cosmonauts and 2-3 tons of cargo in the cargo compartment. According to ROS chief designer Volodymyr Kozhevnikov, the recruitment of cosmonauts for piloting the ship is planned for 2024-2025, and work on the creation of simulators is currently underway.

Roscosmos head Yury Borisov also spoke at the readings. According to him, the state corporation hopes that full-scale work on the creation of a new Russian orbital station will begin in 2024, and its deployment will take place in 2032.

Earlier, Volodymyr Kozhevnikov reported in an interview with “Izvestia” that the first cosmonauts will work on the new Russian Orbital Station (ROS) as early as 2028. According to him, work on the draft project of the station has been completed, and the volume of the final document amounted to more than 1.5 thousand volumes.

“The main milestones are the end of 2027, when the first science and energy module will be launched into orbit, and 2032, when the creation of the station in the basic configuration (six main modules) will be completed. In the first half of 2028, it is planned to launch the node and gateway modules into orbit. They will be connected to the scientific and energy module, which will allow the first cosmonauts to fly to the station,” Kozhevnikov said.

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