The turnaround in the Russian astronautics?

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

One of the first statement of the new head of Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin Media could be the announcement of a turning point in Russian astronautics over the coming years. Kommersant Daily said Popovkinovu statement to space programs in the coming years require much bigger investments, at the same time stating that the nearly half of the budget so far flowed into piloted astronautics. Such a condition in which we have a huge cost to people launched into orbit, orbiting the Earth and returned back by itself is no longer viable, the core of the Popovkin statements. If piloted astronautics reply with financial or scientific results, then it should be supported, but if the only meaning that we send people into space and return them back to Earth, then we need to think seriously about the future of such work. Russia is now the only nation capable of maintaining the continuing "umbilical link" with Issa. In the past five decades, except 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 human missions and stay in space, be it on 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 almost 150 billion USD. Its future after 2020 becomes somewhat questionable if used in this way. Popovkin in April took over Roscosmos after a series of failures under the leadership of then head - Anatoly Perminov. What moves will Popovkin soon run remains to be seen, but cutting down "tourist" flights and taking the direction of the robotic and scientific goals is certainly the right thing to which humanity is waiting too long.