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The Russian government has approved a federal space programme for 2006-15
The Russian government has approved a federal space programme for 2006-15, an official of the Federal Space Agency told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. “The programme in particular envisages the broadening of international cooperation in the space field and fulfilling Russia’s international obligations in this sphere,” he said. Also, the implementation of the programme “will allow creating space systems and complexes competitive on the international market”. The programme includes building the multiple-entry spacecraft Klipper, finishing the construction of Russia’s segment of the International Space Station, launching a research probe to a moon of Mars, Phobos, and carrying out studies in volunteers for preparation of a manned mission to Mars. Special attention is given to the global satellite navigation system GLONASS. The agency’s official said that “it is planned to increase the orbital grouping GLONASS to a minimal size of 18 spacraft by 2007”. At present, the system comprises 14 satellites. New generation craft Glonass-M with an operation life of 7 years and Glonass-K with the life of 10 years are to be added to the grouping within three years. The use of these satellites will allow providing with navigation information unlimited numbers of users in any area of the globe and determining coordinates of an object to a one metre precision. The federal space programme is focused on development of Russia’s space industry in order “to manufacture at our enterprises the hardware that would be competitive and wanted both in the country and outside it”, the space agency’s representative said, adding that a major goal of the programme was “satisfying growing needs of state structures, regions, as well of the country’s population in space means and services”.
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