Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has begun the process of designing and building a replacement for its ageing Soyuz rocket and space capsule system, with the aim of putting it into operation by 2020.
The Russian budget for a new rocket and capsule has been set at 2.1 trillion rubles (£43 billion), according to the programme details on the Roscomos website. The new "energy transportation module with a promising propulsion installation that will be ready for testing by 2018" is intended for "detailed study of the Moon," using "an entirely new class of interplanetary travel technology".
Russia has laid out their space plans from now until 2020
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