MOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) — Rocket and Space Corporation Energia announces creativity competition for the best name of the new-generation crew transportation spacecraft, which is planned to be used for missions to the Moon.
The competition time frame: August 30 through November 2, 2015. Its results will be announced on January 15, 2016.
The winner will be chosen based on the results of a public vote and the judging panel deliberations. The top prize will be a visit to Baikonur offering an opportunity to witness the launch of a manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz in the spring of 2016.
The chairman of the competition judging panel is the general director of the State Corporation Roskosmos Igor Komarov.
The judging panel: RSC Energia President Vladimir Solntsev, first deputy general designer of the Corporation Vladimir Soloviev, general designer for advanced space complexes and systems Nikolai Bryukhanov, the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Lonchakov, the head of the Roskosmos TV studios Alexander Ostrovsky, cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchkhin and Yelena Serova, RSC Energia press center manager Irina Romanova.
Additional information and conditions for participation in the competition are posted on the official web site of RSC Energia.
The new-generation Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) developed by RSC Energia is intended for delivery of people and cargo to the Moon and a space station in a low Earth orbit.
The spacecraft is reusable, its design incorporates advanced technologies, some of which are without equals in the world’s space industry. The CTS reentry vehicle will be made of composite materials, the design envisages a reusable docking assembly. State-of-the-art avionics will allow meeting the challenges of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking in a more efficient manner, and improving the crew safety during launch and return to Earth.
The CTS crew can be as large as 4. The spacecraft will be able to stay in free flight for a period of up to 30 days, and stay attached to a space station for a period of up to 1 year. The total mass of the spacecraft during its flight to the space station will be 14.4 metric tons (19 tons during a mission to the Moon), the mass of the reentry vehicle will be 9 metric tons. The length of the spacecraft is 6.1 meters. The nominal g-load during descent is 3g. During lunar missions, the spacecraft orbital insertion is to be performed by the heavy launch vehicle Angara-A5V”.
About JSC RSC Energia: the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Lvovich Solntsev.