India is finalizing the space shuttle for the Chandrayan II moon mission. And what about Russia?
It is reported that such spacecraft can become effective when performing relatively short-term missions - for example, to the Moon or Mars. It was noted that promising spacecraft could become a kind of shuttle trams when communicating with the Chandrayan-II automatic interplanetary station. Earlier it was reported that the launch of Chandrayaan-II is scheduled for October this year.
It is noteworthy that initially this project was conceived as Russian-Indian, but then, as was the recent practice in Moscow and New Delhi, the paths of developers diverged, and India decided to focus on the project alone.
According to the Chandrayan-II program, it is planned that the system will have a descent module with a “Lunokhod / Mars Rover”. The descent vehicle must be separated from the orbital module at an altitude of about 100 km above the lunar surface.
From a message in an Indian newspaper:
It is noted that in addition to power plants, life support systems for the crew of the ship are being developed. In particular, we are talking about the system of air circulation, as well as the oxygen supply system.
From the material:
Technological details of the laser power plant on board the moon shuttle is not given.
Characteristic Indian video about the project - link.
It is noted that the implementation of the program uses highly environmentally friendly materials and substances. In particular, we are talking about the "green" type of fuel, which should replace its toxic version when used in new type engines.
Recall that Roskosmos has repeatedly declared its interest in the development of the lunar program, including manned flights. No specific results have been heard so far.
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