- Russian Cosmodrome Operator Chooses Orenburg Region as Landing Area for Lunar Missions
Russian Cosmodrome Operator Chooses Orenburg Region As Landing Area For Lunar Missions
Daniyal Sohail 17 days ago Fri 12th February 2021 | 07:00 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th February, 2021) The Russian Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) has picked the area surrounding the city of Orenburg, located near the border with Kazakhstan, as the landing site for the Oryol (Eagle) piloted spaceship returning from the Earth orbit or the Moon, according to TsENKI chief designer Alexey Bogomolov.
In 2018, the choice was narrowed down to four locations. The appropriate location is supposed to be an unpopulated and non-mountainous terrain, no higher than 1,640 feet above sea level, without large rivers, woods, water basins, swaps and dangerous constructions.
The Oryol spaceship is being developed for deep space missions, primarily in lunar orbit. The spacecraft will also be able to replace the Soyuz launchers, currently the only means of transporting astronauts to the International Space Station.