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Russia to decide on super-heavy space rocket soon

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Russia may shortly make a decision on developing a super-heavy carrier rocket, chief designer of Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said.

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"Now a decision on a medium-range rocket has been made and we hope that soon a decision on a super-heavy carrier will be passed," the chief designer said.

Russia’s Moon exploration program envisages creating a near-Moon station. The Federatsiya new piloted spacecraft is planned to be launched to the Moon.

The new super-heavy carrier rocket is needed for the full-fledged implementation of the lunar program, he noted.

As the chief designer said, "a new module weighing up to seven tonnes can be launched [to the Moon] with the help of an Angara or Proton carrier," he said.

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