MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The basic parameters of Russia’s federal space program were approved at a meeting held by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The meeting also decided to extend the federal program on Russian cosmodromes for another year, he added.
"Today’s meeting defined the basic parameters of the federal space program and completed full inter-departmental coordination for the period of 2017-2020," Peskov said, without specifying the volume of financing for the program.
The discussions of Russia’s federal space program at meetings with the Russian president began several weeks ago, the Kremlin spokesman said.
"It has also been decided to extend the federal program on Russian cosmodromes ending in 2015 by another year so that a new federal program can be elaborated next year for the period until 2025," Peskov said.
The meeting held by the Russian president "also considered in detail the issues related to the financial recovery of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, the presidential spokesman said.
The meeting was attended by Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov, Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin, presidential aide Andrey Belousov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, and also Roscosmos acting Head Alexander Ivanov, Space Force Commander - Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Force Alexander Golovko and CEO of Roscosmos State Corporation Igor Komarov.
One of the meetings on support for the space industry was held with the Russian president in Sochi on November 12. The meeting discussed a draft federal space program until 2025. Its budget under discussion envisages financing from 1.5 trillion rubles ($23 billion) to 2.4 trillion rubles ($37 billion). The program stipulates developing a new piloted spacecraft, carrying out four lunar missions with the help of automatic stations, creating new modules for the International Space Station and developing the satellite grouping.
Overall, there are three versions of the program, including budget cuts by 15-25% of the stated financing volume.