Russian deputy PM proposes Moon station

Sep 11, 2012
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, pictured in July 2012, on Tuesday proposed setting up a space station on the Moon to revive Moscow's struggling space programme, a day after the prime minister ripped into its failures.

A top Russian official on Tuesday proposed setting up a space station on the Moon to revive Moscow's struggling space programme, a day after the prime minister ripped into its failures.

Outspoken recently-appointed deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is a former envoy to NATO, suggested the plan in an interview to Vesti FM radio station, saying that Russia's space agency should focus on a single goal.

"I would suggest that we work on solving one large task. Such a task could become the creation, let's say, of a Moon station, a ," said Rogozin.

"Why not try to work in the conditions of ? Why not try to do a big station that would be on a natural satellite of Earth?" he suggested, adding it could be "a base for further jumps and hops, a kind of hub."

He spoke a day after Prime Minister lashed out at the , which has seen a series of humiliating failures, including losing 10 satellites in one and a half years and the crash of a Progress cargo ship last year.

Medvedev said the situation was "unacceptable" and warned the against "throwing (its funding) to the winds."

Rogozin said that such a moon programme would "pull science and industry after it" and "allow the country to pull itself out of the imprisonment in certain problems that we have been in for the last 20 years."

He blamed deep-seated problems for recent conspicuous failures, saying that the space programme lacked a clear focus.

"Russia must finally formulate what she wants from space. Define the aims, what we are trying to achieve," he said.

"If you look at the documents that have been prepared up to now in the space sphere, it looks as if we want to do all good things: fly there, and go here, and carry out piloted programmes on the ."

"In fact there is no architecture of values, no clear understanding of the game plan."

Russia is now the only country able to ferry to the International Space Station, but it has suffered failures, including last month losing two satellites after the unsuccessful launch of a Proton-M rocket.

Explore further: Obama salutes 45th anniversary of US astronauts' Moon landing

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

NASA says Russian space woes no worry

Feb 02, 2012

(AP) -- NASA says it is still confident with the quality of Russian manned rockets, despite an embarrassing series of glitches and failures in the Russian space program.

US may be behind Mars probe failure: Russia

Jan 17, 2012

Russia on Tuesday said the failure of its Phobos-Grunt probe for Mars could have been caused by radiation from US radars, in its latest allegation of Western interference in its space programme.

Russia delays commercial space launches after crash

Sep 13, 2011

Russia will have to delay the upcoming launch of six US satellites and two commercial European craft due to last month's Soyuz carrier rocket mishap, Russian industry sources said Tuesday.

Putin fires Russia space chief after mishaps

Apr 29, 2011

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday fired the Russian space agency chief after a series of high-profile setbacks cast a shadow on the 50th anniversary year of Yuri Gagarin's first space flight.

Recommended for you

New launch date set for ISS delivery vessel

14 hours ago

A robot ship will be launched from Kourou, French Guiana, after a five-day delay on July 29 to deliver provisions to the International Space Station, space transport firm Arianespace said Tuesday.

The heart of an astronaut, five years on

16 hours ago

The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart. But for the first time, researchers are ...

Image: Kaleidoscopic view of Mars

21 hours ago

Astrophotographer Leo Aerts from Belgium took advantage of the recent opposition of Mars and captured the Red Planet both "coming and going" in this montage of images taken from October 2013 to June of 2014. ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

baudrunner
not rated yet Sep 11, 2012
He's right. There has been, for a long time, nothing new in the Russian space program, and the routines of space flight have dulled the senses of their space agency employees. What is needed is a major new undertaking, pursuing new goals, and developing a new game plan.