The first flight of the newest Russian spacecraft "Eagle" was postponed again

It became known that the first test flight of the newest Russian reusable spacecraft "Eagle" (formerly called "Federation") was postponed to 2025. Sergey Krikalev, executive director of the state corporation Roscosmos for manned programs, spoke about this during a recent meeting with students at the Baltic State Technical University Voenmeh.

Krikalev noted that the postponement of the launch from 2023 is associated not so much with the spacecraft itself, but with the creation of ground-based facilities for testing it. What the functionary said indicates that over the past time, the promising program has actually turned into a long-term space construction, because the first regular flight is now unlikely to take place before 2027.

Since 2009, RSC Energia has been developing it. The first test launch of the spacecraft was scheduled for 2015, and the first regular launch was to take place in 2018. It was expected that the new vehicle would replace the spacecraft of the Soyuz (manned) and Progress (unmanned) families, but the Eagle has not yet taken off. At the same time, the Eagle is needed not only to deliver cargo and astronauts into orbit, it is also an important link in the concept of lunar exploration. Thus, without solving one problem, it will be difficult to discuss in detail about Russia's next step in space.

Moreover, Russia needs a new spacecraft, as it is being created on the basis of a modern technological base. It can accommodate 4 crew members on board, and its autonomous flight will last up to 30 days (as part of an orbital station up to a year). Having such a CC, Russia will not need cooperation with the United States and China, as it will be able to independently solve the tasks it needs.

We remind you that on July 15, 2022, Yury Borisov was appointed CEO of the state corporation Roscosmos. We hope that he will be able to give the necessary impetus and help the rocket and space industry of the Russian Federation to catch up with the previous years.
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  1. Bakht Online Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 19 November 2022 17: 47
    "Eagle" is not the best name for a ship. Even space.

  2. tolik.tsypuschckin (Anatoly Popov) 19 November 2022 18: 01
    sadly. I hope that by 2027 the latest technologies will not become obsolete.
  3. mark1 Offline mark1
    mark1 19 November 2022 19: 52
    It seems that no one in Roskosmos takes the lunar program seriously, but they masterfully use the "saw" (recently, instead of Rogozin, the "virtuoso" came, pushed the superheavy far, far away, and ROS seems to fly past orbit). Well, in low-Earth orbit on the ISS Soyuz, in terms of price / quality ratio, it is out of competition in the near future.
  4. Unfaithful Offline Unfaithful
    Unfaithful (Anton) 19 November 2022 21: 40
    It's funny and sad to read about "Russia's next step in space" and other patriotic nonsense from scratch. The Russian comic program has already been compared with the Soviet one in terms of duration. List Soviet achievements - fingers get tired of tapping on the keyboard. Russian - it's just endless breakfasts and verbiage. The best you can hope for is to keep some of the Soviet technology from 50 years ago.
  5. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 November 2022 22: 07
    Did the money just run out in China to buy trampolines?
  6. Stanislas Vanboring (Stanislas Vanboring) 19 November 2022 22: 14
    The endless Russian long-term construction of the Soviet Martian expeditionary descent vehicle developed in 1982 ..... as in other things, the super-heavy Angara, which has no analogues, puts 21.3 tons into a circular orbit of 185 km, the first five steps of which can not even be separated, but immediately saved! Do you feel....? The feeling of an innovative breakthrough is in the air!
  7. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 20 November 2022 06: 29
    I am tormented by vague suspicions. It seems that the eagle will not fly anywhere.
  8. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 20 November 2022 08: 21
    The future of manned cosmonautics in the Russian Federation is very vague, despite the decades spent on options for its development. And now the plans are being reversed. The ISS project is nearing its end, the planned station will only be visited, and the lunar projects are pushed into the far corner for posterity. The heavy Orel was originally conceived for a super-heavy carrier of more than 90 tons for lunar programs, and the only real carrier for the light orbital Soyuz-5 left for Kazakhstan and will not be considered as a manned one. Where to hurry, even if there is no destination and carrier yet? For a flyby program to the Moon of the Light Eagle, the future capabilities of the A5V Angara, which launches an oxygen-hydrogen upper stage, are sufficient. Even this turns into a matter of the distant future, while to fly around the Moon in the Soyuz in the same way, it will only be necessary to deliver an oxygen-kerosene upper stage of the Perseus type by Angara A5 into orbit. Alas, even Perseus has not yet become flying and whether it will be is another question. The dilemma of whether to build on what has been achieved or to move in revolutions does not seem to be worth it at all in Roskosmos. Both doors are locked.
  9. prior Online prior
    prior (Vlad) 20 November 2022 11: 12
    Why am I not at all surprised...
  10. dimasster Offline dimasster
    dimasster (Dmitry Sitnichenko) 21 November 2022 03: 11
    Firstly, there is a war going on now, and secondly, Russia has a working spaceship. Slowly they will do everything and fly.
  11. Pilot Offline Pilot
    Pilot (Pilot) 21 November 2022 17: 24
    Yeah, the Rogozins have worked out. No cosmodrome, no satellites, no Eagle. And everything that was needed yesterday was postponed until the day after tomorrow. Voted for Zhirinovsky in the elections (God rest him)
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 21 November 2022 17: 41
      Quote: Pilot
      No spaceport, no satellites

      ? 11 successful launches have been carried out from the Vostochny cosmodrome, satellites are launched and operate, some of them for 7+ years.

      And as for the Eagle - well, if it were available, along with the launch vehicle, and what to do with it?
      It's cheaper to poison with unions on the ISS.
      The lunar program is far from the most relevant direction.
  12. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 22 November 2022 10: 59
    Top managers have lowered the prestige of the country below the plinth and evaluate it exclusively in hard currency. What other Eagles, when Roskosmos is going to make money by operating an army of satellites, and even the station is needed as a service base? Time of Troubles.
  13. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 2 December 2022 23: 30
    It is not clear what exactly hinders the active use of the already existing space infrastructure in the interests of the development of manned astronautics. Old schemes perhaps? Where are the new ones? The same upper stage, being in tandem with cryogenic and high-boiling fuel, will make it possible to deliver any loads to the Moon and direct them to the Earth when necessary. The old Soviet nuclear engine makes it possible to significantly increase the efficiency of loads launched from earth to lunar orbit with a return back to the rocket engine with an active deceleration phase near the earth's atmosphere with access to low orbit. Why not reusability? Elon Musk never dreamed of, and Roskosmos is far from Korolev, as far as the stars.
  14. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 4 December 2022 18: 11
    The eagle will be put on an egg and he will hatch a new boat.
  15. savage3000 Offline savage3000
    savage3000 (Savage) 11 December 2022 03: 09
    this isn't even funny anymore. and they call it leadership in space ... everything is the same as about the "2nd army of the world"