According to RSC Energia General Director Vladimir Solntsev, the corporation intends to take the first Russian to the Moon in 2031, the TASS news agency reported.
“After 2025, we plan to start launching missions to the Moon in order to get used to this satellite. An unmanned flight around the Moon is scheduled for 2026.
In 2027, we are launching a lander to the Moon’s orbit. An unmanned flight of a new spacecraft to the Moon’s orbit is scheduled for 2029. In the 2030s, we have set for ourselves the task of a manned flight to the Moon, and, in 2031, we plan to land on the Moon,” he said.
Solntsev said that the Russian convertible module could travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020. He noted that the 100 cubic meter module will be intended for storing equipment and would have advantages over conventional ISS modules, such as a lower price and ease of delivery into orbit.
Solntsev added that such modules would later be used in the construction of a lunar base.