A Russian rocket company is working on a "space taxi" that will shuttle crews from the International Space Station to the moon so that they can have missions completed more quickly. The plans were announced at the international conference on space exploration, which was held just outside of Moscow. All of the reports came from Russia Today. The craft has been named Ryvok and will be permanently decked on the ISS. It will transport cargo and crews to the lunar surface. Each flight will be fairly quick and powered by an "accelerator block" that will be taken to the station on the back of a Russian Rocket.
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The report explains that it is probably going to be the Angara A5, a heavy lift vehicle.
When it is time to return to the ISS, the craft will take five days from moon to station. The ship will use a 55-square-meter "umbrella" that will reduce its speed so that it can dock, similar to what they use on a drag race car. Of course, all of this is just in theory and hasn't been proven yet. The hope is that the craft will be developed 2021 with the first launch to take place in 2023.
“The cost of the Ryvok reusable manned spacecraft mission is a third lower than the costs of the Federation manned transport spacecraft mission,” Energia's representative Yuri Makushenko told international delegations.
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The moon taxi will likely go through quite a few different phases and it is questionable as to whether or not it is a fiscally responsible move for Russia, but they are going to move forward with their plans.