The turnaround in the Russian astronautics?

Monday, August 15th, 2011, Author posted and Astronautics |

One of the first statement of the new Head of Roskosmos Vladimir Popovkin of the media could be an announcement of a turning point in the Russian astronautics in the coming years. Kommersant Daily says Popovkinovu statement that space programs in the coming years require much bigger investments, while also noting that nearly half of the budget is now poured into the piloted Astronautics. Such a situation in which we have a huge cost to people launched into orbit around the Earth spun and came back by itself is no longer viable, the core is Popovkin statements. If piloted astronautics responded with financial or scientific results, then it should be supported, but if the only purpose to send people into space and return them back to Earth, then we need to think seriously about the future of such modes. Russia is now the only nation capable of maintaining the continuing "umbilical relationship" with Issa. In the past five decades, except for the US "trip" to the moon we have not advanced beyond the Earth's orbit. We learned most of the things that are necessary for long-term manned missions and stay in space, whether it is a technical or social aspects. Now it's time to move on, or that robots take over the main role in our space programs. The project Issa invested nearly $ 150 billion. Her future after 2020 becomes somewhat questionable if used in this way. Popovkin took over in April after a series of failures Roskosmos, led by the then chief - Anatoly Perminov. What moves will Popovkin soon launch remains to be seen, but cutting down "tourism" flights and taking direction to robotic and scientific objectives is certainly the right thing to which humanity is waiting too long.