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Russia to Develop New Space Shuttle

Mos News | April 13 2006

A new-generation space shuttle which Russia plans to develop is to be put into use by between 2012 and 2015, the head of the Federal Space Agency, Anatoly Perminov, told President Vladimir Putin, the Interfdax news agency reported.

The shuttle’s manufacturer will be announced early in June, Perminov said. He said there were three main candidates — the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, the Khrunichev Center, and NPO Molniya. Perminov also said Russia was currently ready “to sign about 10 international agreements with other countries on cooperation in the space industry.”

Perminov also told Putin how the president’s directive to speed up the enlargement of Russia’s orbital fleet was being carried out.

Under a revised plan, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) would cover the entire territory of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States by the end of 2007, Perminov said. The initial version of the plan set a deadline of late in 2011 or early in 2012.

In 2009, GLONASS would cover the entire globe, Perminov said.

He said Russia planned to enlarge its satellite fleet to 24 from today’s 16.

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