A private company from Russia began to build a reusable space ship

Immediately after the successful launch of Crew Dragon from Space X, a Russian private company announced that it was starting to build its own reusable spacecraft.

On June 1, representatives of MTKS announced the launch of a hull for the prototype of the promising Argo cargo ship. It is assumed that a reusable vehicle will be able to deliver up to 2 tons of payload to low Earth orbit and carry out cargo return up to 1 ton.

It is known that the promising Argo will consist of a returnable reusable apparatus capable of carrying out up to 20 missions without repair and replacement of components, and a disposable engine compartment. According to the developers, their ship will be able to fly offline for up to 30 days, which will allow this time to be used for experiments and research.

The Russian device will receive a reliable cargo rescue system in case of emergency during launch, as well as a high-precision landing system with landing on a retractable shock-absorbing shield. The first launch of the ship is scheduled for 2024.

It is reported that at 58% Argo will consist of composites. That is why the manufacture of the hull for the prototype of the ship began in Germany. We do not yet have the corresponding plants, and the planned launch dates do not allow delaying the construction of the apparatus.

However, soon we will have such production. The first production lines for the production of composite materials at the new plant are being commissioned right now in the Voronezh region. The latter will produce composites for various branches of Russian industry. But now, the main customer is MTKS, which will transfer the production of hulls and other parts for its ship here. Actually, for the most part, a plant is being built to meet the needs of the company.

Whether the project will become successful is not known. But the fact that MTKS opens new production facilities in Russia and creates competition for Roscosmos is already an undeniable plus.

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  1. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 4 June 2020 17: 02
    The idea is great, it remains only for the implementation. Hope they do.
  2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 4 June 2020 20: 10
    A private company from Russia began to build a reusable space ship

    wassat laughing Anointed (ski..rom) What is ski ... p a bad word? lol In conjunction with one place, probably? wink
  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 June 2020 20: 34
    And, every time after something in the West, we announce something loudly .... An ultra-fast helicopter, 2 atomic carriers, an atomic cruiser, a super-heavy rocket, an ultra-quantum computer ....

    There, already 2-3 samples gather dust in Roscosmos ... this will be the 4th ....
  4. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 4 June 2020 21: 01
    According to the developers, their ship will be able to fly offline for up to 30 days, which will allow this time to be used for experiments and research.

    And who, interestingly, will conduct experiments and studies in a cargo ship?
    The project, rather, the development of technologies that will come of it, is unclear. Let them, of course, engage in, develop production, but it is better to create a ship for the existing tasks, and the company has not yet seen them. The maximum that they can now hope for is partially to take on the delivery of cargo to the ISS.
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 5 June 2020 11: 56
      Some experiments can indeed be carried out, not all require the mandatory presence of a person.
  5. alessio Offline alessio
    alessio (Oleg Tarasenko) 4 June 2020 22: 39
    Forgot to add "on the basis of public and private partnership". When money is allocated from the budget to some son of a minister with a unique education, and they safely sail abroad ... I think this is the topic. We have a dime a dozen of such paper ships.
  6. Citizen Mѣshkov (Sergѣi) 4 June 2020 23: 02
    In order to start building (something) you must first build good governance (not through a stump deck) to the intended goal. In this case, the goal is to fly into space. And in Russia over the past 30 years, only cutting the budget dough is successful.
    PS After the next liard was cut, the project was declared insolvent due to the influence of "evil and hostile" forces on the implementation of the project.
  7. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter 5 June 2020 00: 40
    This is understandable by MTKS, a Russian company is building components in Germany. There even already is a warehouse of used spare parts, stored in a dry place.
    Maybe they are corny in the Speyer Museum from the old Buran, these same components are twisted, not particularly technologically strained.

    But on the other hand, MTKS is the space program of the Soviet reusable transport space system, "Energy" - "Buran".
    Private company? Who did it so successfully pocket in due time?
  8. Sergey Pedenko Offline Sergey Pedenko
    Sergey Pedenko (Sergey Pedenko) 5 June 2020 19: 16
    MTKS, Roscosmos - at least the name would have been invented //
  9. ilik54 Offline ilik54
    ilik54 (ilik54) 5 June 2020 21: 06
    It is necessary to create an air launch platform (VSP) with a nuclear power plant (YSU) - it can be a drone in the form of a torus, equipped with several turbojet engines, which will lift an orbital module-rocket (OMP) up to 60-100 km, it will be inside the torus, and will start from this height without any steps. Alternatively, the VSP can be made as a torus-airship saturated with hot air, which will be created by the nuclear power plant. Naturally, the VSP will meet the OMP at an altitude of 60-100 km to return to the ground. The VSP will be reusable, which will be much cheaper than disposable stages. The VSP can also be used as an air combat complex with the ability to be on duty at the borders of our "partners".
    A few words should be said about the orbital module-rocket (OMR), it will be made of multilayer composite materials using carbon fiber with the addition of magnetic elements in the layers of the material, which will create an electromagnetic field to protect the astronauts from radiation. After all, with this method of starting and landing, the OMP case will not overheat.

    1. ilik54 Offline ilik54
      ilik54 (ilik54) 5 June 2020 21: 08
      Start of the orbital modular ship.

      1. ilik54 Offline ilik54
        ilik54 (ilik54) 5 June 2020 21: 10
        Single-level and three-level orbital cities from modular orbital complexes.

        1. ilik54 Offline ilik54
          ilik54 (ilik54) 5 June 2020 21: 12
          Landing on the moon of the lunar modular ship and the lunar modular village.

          1. ilik54 Offline ilik54
            ilik54 (ilik54) 5 June 2020 21: 13
            In fact, flights to the Moon and to nearby planets will be possible only if cities, factories, plants and plantations of vegetables, fruits and farms for the cultivation of fish, chickens, cattle and pigs are placed in the orbit of the planet Earth. And, when this activity lasts several generations for at least 100-150 years. When in space it will be born and grow up more than one generation that will live in orbit permanently. In fact, it will be a new civilization and new technologies. And before that, all sorts of flights somewhere into space - this is nonsense and bullshit, and, indeed, a dubious story with the flight of Americans to the moon. There are so many questions and so many answers, as absurd as questions.
            And yet, I think that miners and metro builders should be the first to fly to the moon in order to prepare the moonlit dwellings for future generations.
            But the fact that? Well, did the Americans fly to the moon? So what?
            What of the rational and rational that they flew there in the cloud of their bowel movements?
            The Chinese - they tried to plant something, but they did not grow anything! But it did not grow because the basis of all life is the main condition - the electromagnetic field, but on the moon it is not! Therefore, it is impossible to live there, however, there, after all, there is a little electromagnetic field of the Sun, but it is clear that it is not enough, since there is no life there.
            However, one must fly there, if only in order to extract minerals. And for this, spaceships will need to be assembled from modules in the Earth’s orbit, and in the future they should be the first dwellings on the Moon.
  10. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 6 June 2020 11: 55
    Well, since the building is behind the cordon, it means that they will definitely not do anything, except that the investors' money will be "used".
  11. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 7 June 2020 15: 25
    All this trampling on the spot, we are developing the wrong concepts. Both we and they. It seems that someone is constantly guiding the space industry along a dead end. Aerospace systems of an aircraft type should be worked out, not shuttles. Such as the projects of Myasishchev or the British.