Russia Planning An Entire Space Industry, Not Just A Moon Return

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Yesterday we told you about Russia’s plan to put a man on the moon by 2030, but now more details of their intentions towards space have been revealed. It’s not just a return to the moon they’re targeting, but an entire industry in outer space.

Here’s a point by point breakdown of everything Russia wants to accomplish by the year 2030, as reported by Wired:

    – Construction on a new Vostochny cosmodrome is already underway in the east of Russia. Will be completed by 2018.
    – By 2020 Russia plans to have a new, six-seat rocket called the Angara in use, replacing the outdated Soyuz as the backbone of their space fleet.
    – Russian robot probes will be sent to Mars to collect samples.
    – A network of unmanned stations will land and be positioned permanently on Mars.
    – Russian astronauts will land on the moon.
    – Planetary probes will be sent to Venus and Jupiter.
    – They’re considering plans for an orbiting station to replace the International Space Station, which is only funded until 2020.

In particular I’m excited for someone, anyone, to get to Jupiter. NASA recently detected oxygen on one of Saturn’s moons and since Jupiter has even more natural satellites, who knows what we might find there. Maybe even life.

Russia has made a lot of wild space claims in the past, which never actually amounted to anything, but this time it seems like it may be the real deal. The fact that they’ve set a deadline for everything and that construction is already underway on a new facility says a lot. Russia is serious about leading the way into space, and they’re making the right moves to do it.


  1. I would love nothing more than for this to be true, especially with Putin in office so that we can maybe throw some military money at the program and kick start another space race, but I just don’t buy it.
    Even with a deadline, the Russians don’t really have the kind of culture of innovation or financial backing to pull this off. Which is all the more sad because these days neither does NASA.

  2. Russia is on its way to winning Civilization Revolution with a Technological victory. 

  3. Baby Fart McGeeziaks says:

    I got the Soviet anthem stuck in my head after reading this article. Too bad Putin’s such a bastard that I can hardly cheer for them. None the less, should they actually accomplish this, they’d really pu the nail in the US’s coffin.

  4. Lucy Troke says:

    where all labels, chinese, russians, americans, dnt care what ‘label’ goes into space and on moon just as long as we go there again, cant depend on nasa.  

  5. Tactician says:

    Once again, Russia proves its mastery over cheap, yet reliable and workable technologies. From the their reliable, cheap mass produced tanks fo WWII, to the AK-47 and MiGs, they can make industrial and military equipment that is nearly the best, yet much cheaper, durable, and many times more reliable (see AK-47 spacial tolerances). Their space vehicles may not be the most ultra high end digitized cutitng edge technology, but they are cheaper, thus actually are produced continuously and not a problem to fund, and mostly just as reliable as anyone’s. This practicality deserves not only recognition, but study.