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Russia’s super-heavy carrier rocket project estimated at $12 bln — space agency

March 24, 2015, 17:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia is developing a new carrier rocket with a capacity of 70-80 tons

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Components of the carrier rocket

Components of the carrier rocket

© TASS/Artiom Geodakyan

MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. The project of developing a Russian super-heavy carrier rocket with a cargo capacity of 70-80 tons may cost 700 billion rubles ($12 billion), Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Yuri Koptev said on Tuesday.

"The creation of a new super-heavy rocket [with the carrying capacity of 70-80 tons] will require 700 billion rubles. The year 2028 is a declared position [for the rocket development]. Prior to that, a financing schedule has to be drawn up," he said.

The Roscosmos Scientific and Technical Council has recommended that efforts should be continued to create potential for the rocket development based on new technologies, Koptev said, adding an engine could be developed for the super-heavy rocket, which would use liquefied natural gas as fuel.

Infographics Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket

Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket

The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. Infographics by TASS

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