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Russia's Clipper multiple entry spacecraft is expected to soar aloft for its maiden flight in 2012
Russia's Clipper multiple entry spacecraft is expected to soar aloft for its maiden flight in 2012, president of the Energiya space rocket corporation Nikolai Sevastyanov told reporters on Thursday. The main requirements for Clipper is to cut the cost value of man's flight to space, a decrease the load on cosmonauts, and, consequently medical norms. The president said two professional cosmonauts will fly Clipper. One will be responsible for orbiting maneuvers, the other for landing. The space vehicle will also be able to carry four non-professional cosmonauts: scientists or space tourists. Clipper's technology provides for landing at the Baikonur cosmodrome or France's Kourou or other air fields in case of emergency or unscheduled situations. It can also be used for missions to the Moon, according to Sevastyanov.
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