The Rocket and Space Center (RCC) “Progress” has stopped the technical design of the superheavy lunar rocket “Yenisei”, which was planned to be used for flights to the moon. About this reported RCC General Director Dmitry Baranov in a comment to RIA Novosti.
Without specifying the reason for this decision, the General Director of the RCC said that the work was suspended at the stage of technical design and may resume in the future if “Roscosmos” makes a decision.
Roscosmos and RCC Progress signed a contract worth 1.47 billion rubles (538.7 million hryvnias) for the technical design of a superheavy lunar rocket in December 2020, and initially it was plannedthat it will be built by 2028. However, in January 2021, the Committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) on space recommended to postpone the date of creation of the superheavy missile “with the obligatory elaboration of application in this project of the most breakthrough, perspective and economically justified technologies”, and in February, 2021 the general director of RCC reportedthat the development is “paused” due to the possibility of correcting the technical appearance of the missile.
Stopping the development of the Yenisei rocket is another addition to the list of “achievements” of Russian astronautics in recent times. In previous news: