MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russian specialists have developed a spacecraft with the increased lifting capacity capable of delivering 3.5 tonnes of cargo into orbit, Chief Designer, First Deputy CEO of Energia Space Rocket Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said on Monday.
"This spacecraft will have a lifting capacity of 3.5 tonnes," the chief designer said at a press conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS).
A Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket is planned to be used to deliver such a spacecraft into orbit, he said.
The scientific and practical conference, "Cosmonautics: the Open Space of International Cooperation and Development," devoted to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station runs on Monday at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center of the All-Russian Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh) in Moscow.
The conference was opened by Chief of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin. The conference has brought together representatives of Roscosmos, foreign space agencies, cosmonauts and astronauts, designers and rocket builders.