MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The minimal cost of the creation of the Russian super-heavy rocket Yenisei, which is to be first launched in 2028, is 740 billion rubles ($11.6 billion), Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told journalists.
"I may name the minimal sum for you, but it is the sum for the first launch. The cost of all the works, including the creation of the launching pad for the super-heavy class, the building of the rocket, its preparation for the launch and the launch itself of a launching test vehicle, not even the craft, is about 740 billion rubles [$11.6 billion,]" the corporation’s head said.
He specified that the Federal Space Program by 2025 has no funds for the creation of this program, but just includes the building of the Soyuz-5 rocket, the first stage of which will serve as a component for the super-heavy vehicle. The financing of the super-heavy rocket should be carried out under a separate program within the state program for the development of space activity, which would include resources for testing, designing, new headways, the launch of new development activities and land testing.
"These solutions are possible only in case of stable financing. We have no printing machine in Roscosmos - you may walk through the building and you will not find it there. So, everything will depend on the degree to which the financial-economic bloc of the Russian government will be ready to secure the implementation of the president’s decree," he added.