The head of the RSC Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, told RIA Novosti in a conversation with the journalists that in four years the first space ship Federation will be completely ready for flights.

Solntsev said that eighty percent of the ship will consist of composite materials, but what the descent vehicle will be from has not yet been decided. According to him, the developers are not much in a hurry to create not just a spaceship, but also to make it competitive. Now engineers are working with aluminum, but probably will try to use other materials.

The manned spacecraft Federation is being developed at RSC Energia for several years and will be intended not only for the delivery of cargo to the Earth’s orbit, but also for flights to the Moon. “Federation” can be up to thirty days in the mode of autonomous flight or dock with the space station and be in its composition for up to a year.

The ship is designed for a crew of up to four people, but the first launch of the ship will take place in an unmanned mode. The cosmonauts will not be able to test the development until 2023.


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