Russia Developing Commercial ‘Moon Lift’ Lunar Transport Carrier
Following Chinese calls for a Special Economic Zone on the Moon Russia has been developing lunar equipment that would see mining activities be realised.
Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) has started working on a concept of a module that would transport cargo between the Moon surface and an orbital lunar station. An un-named official has stated to Tass that “Energia is preparing proposals on a transport module that would be capable of landing on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite and of subsequently taking off. The main purpose of the craft will be to deliver cargo from the station to the Moon and back.”
Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday that the corporation planned to create a “universal lift” allowing deliver cargo from a lunar station to the Moon surface upon request from international partners. He said the commercial use of it was possible, in order to compensate for the project’s expenses.
NASA meanwhile is also planning to return to the Moon in 2024 and it seems only a matter of time before commercial exploitation of the Moon takes place, with the US, China, Russia and India all expected to be participants in one form or other.
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