Russia Approves Downsized 10-Year Space Budget

Igor Komarov (Credit: Russia Forum)
Igor Komarov (Credit: Russia Forum)

The cash-strapped Russian government has approved a 10-year spending plan for the federal space program that’s is only 40 percent of the original plan.

The program would allocate 1.4 trillion rubles ($20 billion) until 2025, with the possibility of providing an additional 115 billion rubles ($1.7 billion) after 2022, said Roscosmos Director General Igor Komarov.

The original plan proposed spending 3.4 trillion ($49.9 billion) through 2025.

The Russian government’s official website published the following remarks about the plan by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

The draft of the Federal Space Programme under discussion today covers the ten-year period from 2016 to 2025. As the Government moves towards approving this document, the considerable experience accumulated in this area is worth mentioning. This year Russia and the whole world will celebrate anniversaries of a number of milestone achievements in space exploration. On 12 April, we will mark 55 years since the first space flight, and 31 March will be the 50th anniversary of the launch from the Baikonur Space Centre of the Luna-10 unmanned space station, the first artificial satellite of the Moon.

On 14 March, a mission to Mars, called ExoMars 2016, was launched. This is a joint project to study Mars led by the European Space Agency and Russia. There are also other examples of new technologies and solutions they provide.

We need to further develop the group of orbital satellites used for communications, TV and radio broadcasting purposes. They fulfil a specific mission, which is to ensure Russia’s information independence. By 2025, the group is expected to reach 73 satellites, up from less than 50.

The number of unmanned and manned spacecraft on near-Earth orbits will also be expanded to satisfy the minimum requirements of Russia’s planned space exploration efforts.

The construction of the Russian Orbital Segment of the International Space Station will be completed with a view of using the station for quite a protracted period.

At the Vostochny Space Launch Centre a facility for heavy-lift launch vehicles is under construction to be used for launching unmanned spacecraft. By 2023, the infrastructure will be in place for launching manned space flights.

These are just a few of the objectives stipulated in the Federal Space Programme.

  • windbourne

    This sux.
    I really had high hopes on working with Russia on the moon.

  • I wonder where Federation will land with this new budget. I want to see this whole new generation of spacecraft!

  • therealdmt

    “$20 billion through 2025“ (9, or maybe 8 years — the US is working on its 2017 budget now) can be compared with NASA’s 2016 budget of $19.3 billion. I “through 2025” is 9 years, then that comes out to $2.2 billion a year, or 11.5% of NASA’s budget.

  • Yeah, and if you include per capita income (price of labor) you’d get the other side of that equation. The Russians can afford more people and materials.

  • ThomasLMatula

    There are only three paths to the Moon.

    1. American private industry

    2. NASA

    3. An international consortium of nations

    BTW Buzz Aldrin has repeated in this Newsweek article his proposal in his recent book for combining all three with NASA leading the rest of the world in a return to the Moon leveraging private industry before going on to Mars.

    http://www.newsweek.com/buzz-aldrin-getting-back-moon-elon-musk-and-march-madness-437670

    ‘“We really need to remind the people and the politicians what we really accomplished back then, and how we inspired future generations, because we think it’s really time for us to put our objective here on the U.S. to landing people on the moon,” Aldrin tells Newsweek. A moonshot wouldn’t be about reliving past glories, however. It would be a step in getting us to Mars.

    ““We need to help other nations with their lunar programs, and at the same time we’ll learn how to assemble missions there, for Mars, and then my cycling spaceships can deliver people,” Aldrin says.”

  • therealdmt

    They also must have to worry much less about environmental impact assessments and even cleanup, among other things.

    On the other hand, corruption must be through the roof. A Russian official somewhere in Siberia last year was arrested for stealing a *road*.

  • Vladislaw

    1. American private industry
    a) Only private investment
    b) Private investment with government subsidies
    c) Private investment with space prizes

    2. NASA
    a) Only NASA acting in the traditional cost plus road with the usual suspects
    b) NASA with some international partners
    c) NASA with private partnerships

    3. International Consortium of Nations

  • therealdmt

    You forgot:

    4. Building a mountain of paperwork from studies on how to get to the moon that becomes so high that it actually reaches the moon

  • therealdmt

    Swarovski diamonds. Un-luxury branded diamonds apparently weren’t quite corrupt enough

  • windbourne

    It will be private industry with a number of gov. customers. with NASA helping along the way.

    It will NOT be NASA, or Consortium of nations that get there first.

    So, why will it be the first?
    Bigelow wants to go to LEO and then the moon. When he has leo, he will find SOME gov customers, but not the numbers that he is looking for. But, the second that he announces that Bigelow is partnering with SpaceX’s BFR to go to the moon, that will lead to large numbers of govs that will want to put together a space program and make heavy use of private industry to get there. Over time, they can then build their own rockets, bases, etc.

    SpaceX does not want to spend their money and time focusing on the moon, BUT, they will be happy to fly trips to the moon on the BFR, esp. when it costs less than what an atlas V costs. This way, they will be able to afford mars, have testing of equipment, etc.

    BUT, hopefully, NASA will not be diverted from Mars. They need to have their main focus on Mars, while allowing private industry to set up a base on the moon. And with Bolden hinting at nuclear thermal rockets, well, I am excited.

  • They’re crystals, not diamonds so while it’s obvious he was stealing, it’s not like he stole the country.

    Yeah, even oligarchs can go to jail if they steal too much. Every once in a while they sacrifice one as an example to the others: you can steal, but don’t get caught.

  • Vladislaw

    I believe a lot 2nd and 3rd tier nations will want to be able to immediately swim in the deep end of the pool just like NASA and lease space on a bigelow station. Why jump through NASA hoops to beam down your own nation’s astronaut to your schools when you can go around NASA. A BA330 is good for six people and look to NASA to lease a chunk just to keep others out of LEO.

  • Aerospike

    That’s ridiculous… why would NASA want “to keep others out of LEO”? Some politicians maybe, but not NASA as an organization.

  • ThomasLMatula

    The only thing is that NASA is not going to Mars. It s neither the money nor political commitment to get there. It’s living in a fool’s fantasy believing its goal is Mars and its been living in that fantasy since Project Apollo.

  • ThomasLMatula

    But remember, this isn’t NASA. Its a private firm.

    Whereas NASA might build only one station and limit access, Bigelow Aerospace will just build more, or simply start linking BA330 modules together to make a station able to hold more astronauts. A lot more astronauts.

  • Vladislaw

    Tell that to Dennis Tito and “space flight participant” and Mir when it was going to go private sector.

  • windbourne

    i think that you misunderstood me.
    When I speak of NASA leading it, I am speaking of them leading the private space, just like they are now.
    As to customers in alpha space station and the lunar base, NASA will likely be an anchor customer, and then will not care about others, except for those that can/will help build out the base.

    IOW, NASA is NOT going to control other govs going to the moon via private space. And NASA is a fan of other govs getting to LEO, and BEO.

  • windbourne

    he went through the russian side when NASA was not ready for this (christy McAuliffe was still on others mind ).

  • Vladislaw

    And NASA was not in favor of it at all .. they ragged on it for months.

    Children of Apollo and Mir is another.

  • Aerospike

    I know those stories, and there was a lot of political motivations for what happened.
    But it was not “the NASA” who tried to keep anybody out of LEO.

    Times have changed since then. Politics couldn’t care less about space these days (unless it involves pork for their districts…).