"If we talk about manned space flight and about the exploration of outer space, the joint-development of the Solar system … is primarily [focused] on the Moon and Mars, we are ready to move forward with our Chinese friends hand-in-hand," Rogozin said a roundtable discussion at the expo in the Chinese city of Harbin, RIA Novosti reported.
Rogozin conceded that the Russian space industry is in a precarious position — a string of spectacular and embarrassing launch failures by generally-reliable vehicles in recent years have highlighted the need for reform.
However, he assured the panel that
As Russian engineers work to identify why
According to Ostapenko,
"To fly to Mars, the Moon … the [Angara] rocket is not enough," Ostapenko said. The Angara heavy booster, built on the foundation of the light booster that failed to launch this weekend for a yet unknown reason, will be able to lift just 25 tons into Earth orbit, while the Saturn V rocket that took American astronauts to the Moon in 1969 could lift 130.
"This raises the question of creating a new class of super-heavy vehicle," he said, adding that "any nation capable of doing anything serious in space — primarily the U.S. and China — are on that path."
In the meantime,
Following Putin's visit to Beijing in May, Roscosmos and its Chinese counterpart have signed a series of spaces agreements, the most concrete being one that concerns satellite navigation programs. Rogozin said that
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