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Russian experts developing orbital base for servicing and testing spacecraft

July 17, 2013, 14:25 UTC+3
This should be a base where space vehicles heading for the Moon and the Mars could be tested and loaded with fuel
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MOSCOW, July 17 (Itar-Tass) - Russian experts are developing an orbital base that will help service and test spacecraft, Vladimir Solovyov, the head of operations at the Russian segment of the International Space Station told a news conference Wednesday.

“Bases of this kind should have a serving and testing functionality,” Solovyov said. “This should be a base where we could test and load fuel to space vehicles heading for the Moon and the Mars.”

“Works in that area are underway and we don’t confine our efforts to the ISS, Solovyov said. “When we start planning missions to the Moon and the Mars, some bases suitable for those projects should already be in place.”

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