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Title    Russia Assembles Engineering Group for Lunar Activities and the Deep Space Gateway
Date    Tuesday January 09 2018, @05:14PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the lunargate dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=18/01/09/0824246

takyon writes:

Deep Space Gateway (DSG) is a planned space station in lunar orbit. The U.S. and Russia signed an agreement last year to work on the station's development. Now Russia has created an engineering department inside the RKK Energia space corporation in order to plan the nation's lunar exploration, including a possible manned landing:

Officially, Moscow has been on a path to put a human on the Moon since 2013, when President Putin approved a general direction for human space flight in the coming decade. The program had been stalling for several years due to falling prices for oil, the main source of revenue for the Russian budget. Last year, however, the Russian lunar exploration effort was given a new impetus when the Kremlin made a strategic decision to cooperate with NASA on the construction of a habitable outpost in the orbit around the Moon, known as Deep Space Gateway, DSG.

Although the US saw the primary goal of the DSG as a springboard for missions to Mars, NASA's international partners, including Russia, have been pushing the idea of exploring the Moon first. On the Russian side, RKK Energia led key engineering studies into the design of the DSG and participated in negotiations with NASA on sharing responsibilities for the project.

To coordinate various technical aspects of lunar exploration, the head of RKK Energia Vladimir Solntsev signed an order late last year to form Center No. 23Ts, which would report directly to him. According to a document seen by Ars Technica, the group will be responsible for developing long-term plans for human missions to the vicinity of the Moon and to its surface, as well as for implementing proposals for international cooperation in lunar missions. This is a clear signal that NASA might soon have a new liaison in Russia for all things related to the DSG. The same group will also take care of all the relevant domestic interactions between RKK Energia and its subcontractors.

Unlike the ISS, the DSG should not require any orbital boost burns and could reach any altitude above the Moon using ion thrusters.

Here are two op-eds from last year about the Deep Space Gateway:

Terry Virts: The Deep Space Gateway would shackle human exploration, not enable it

John Thornton: The Deep Space Gateway as a cislunar port

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President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1

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  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "Deep Space Gateway" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Space_Gateway
  3. "signed an agreement last year" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/09/30/2354230
  4. "RKK Energia" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energia_(corporation)
  5. "ISS" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station
  6. "Terry Virts: The Deep Space Gateway would shackle human exploration, not enable it" - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/op-ed-the-deep-space-gateway-would-shackle-human-exploration-not-enable-it/
  7. "John Thornton: The Deep Space Gateway as a cislunar port" - http://spacenews.com/op-ed-the-deep-space-gateway-as-a-cislunar-port/
  8. "NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/04/17/137247
  9. "Lockheed Martin Repurposing Shuttle Cargo Module to Use for Lunar Orbiting Base" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/25/1224254
  10. "Bigelow and ULA to Put Inflatable Module in Orbit Around the Moon by 2022" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/18/129239
  11. "President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/12/12/1130258
  12. "Space Habitats Beyond LEO: A Short Step Towards the Stars" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/01/24/0210200
  13. "Should We Skip Mars for Now and Go to the Moon Again?" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/06/08/0247242
  14. "Japan Planning to Put a Man on the Moon Around 2030" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/30/2351233
  15. "Space Race: 6 Manned Moon Missions With the Best Chances of Success" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/04/1458236
  16. "ESA Expert Envisions "Moon Village" by 2030-2050" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/09/25/2332222
  17. "Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to Continue Stay at the International Space Station" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/05/0021234
  18. "Enter the Moon Cave" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/10/19/2225210
  19. "India and Japan to Collaborate on Lunar Lander and Sample Return Mission" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/11/19/1620243
  20. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=24211

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