Monday, July 25, 2011

Russia plans to launch unmanned cargo-returning spacecraft to orbit

Russia plans to launch unmanned cargo-returning spacecraft to orbit:

"One of the versions of a new-generation Russian spacecraft to be launched from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur region will be able to return up to 2 tonnes of cargo from orbit to the Earth, a source from the Russian space rocket industry told Interfax-AVN.

'Possessing an unmanned cargo-returning spacecraft is becoming especially important to Russia with the end of the U.S. space shuttle operations,' the source said."