USA have named the date for the first manned flight of the spacecraft around the moon

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Moscow, 13 Feb – AIF-Moscow.

The white house released a draft of the US Federal budget in fiscal year 2019, which implies that the authorities are planning to send the first manned flight around the moon space Shuttle to Orion no later than 2023. About it reports TASS.

What is a space ship Orion?

For these purposes, the us authorities intend to spend $ 3.7 billion. Appropriations will go to building the Orion capsule and heavy carrier rocket Space Launch System (SLS) for its output in space.

The budget request submitted to the Congress of the United States.

The construction of the Orion spacecraft deals with Lockheed Martin, missiles SLS – Boeing. Unmanned debut flight of Orion capsule took place at the end of 2014. National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) plans to send people to Mars.

Also in the draft budget States that NASA, along with private American companies are going in the coming years to send to the moon a few landing modules. According to the accompanying documents to the budget request, according to the plan of the White house, vehicles, robots will “pave the way for the return of American astronauts” on the moon, and also “to lay the Foundation for further research journeys and output of the U.S. economy in space.”

In addition, the request mentioned the plan to spend $ 50 million to study the possibility to send to Mars automatic station to obtain soil samples. Sending the next us Rover, expected to take place in 2020.

The authors of the document confirmed the intention to continue to develop supersonic aircraft (X-plane), the debut flight is scheduled for 2021.

Some plans and programs, NASA decided to abandon, for example, the project to create a new orbital telescope, which was to operate in the infrared (WFIRST). The project was deemed too expensive.


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