NASA announced the cost of creating the modules for a lunar orbital station

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2018-05-05 17:30:06

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NASA announced the cost of creating the modules for a lunar orbital station

In the aerospace Agency NASA reported that the development and creation of the first modules of the lunar station Lunar Orbital Platform — Gateway will take $ 2.7 billion. The required amount will be half the current annual budget for the International space station. In support of the ISS project, all partners spend a total of about $ 5 billion. Thus the total cost for the construction and operation of the ISS as at the end of 2016 to over $ 120 billion.

According to the Deputy Executive Director for NASA's manned spaceflight Mark Geyer, published on the website of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, until the end of 2023, for the project Lunar Orbital Platform — Gateway is planned to request $ 2 billion 724 million 300 thousand dollars.

The First funds in the amount of 504 million 200 thousand dollars on a Lunar Orbital Platform — Gateway is planned to request from the budget of the United States already in 2019. This price will include design and creation by 2022 the base unit of the future station — power element, and also create by 2023 residential module. Sending them to the moon, planned for 2022 and 2023, respectively. It is noted that the launch of the rocket SLS in this amount are not included.

In the presented financial plan shows that in 2020, will create a logistics gateway and station modules. Their launch is planned outside the submitted financial plan in 2024. The cost of the lock chamber at the NASA estimate of 702,4 million dollars.

As reported, a rotary module for Lunar Orbital Platform — Gateway can offer to build Russia. Earlier it became known that the USA and their partners are forcing Russia to create a gateway module for the outputs of crews into space by American technical standards and to use a U.S. spacesuit instead of a Russian. In turn, Russia has offered to build a rotary module for the money of the United States or to share the cost of creating it with the European space Agency.

How will look the appearance of the lunar orbital station Lunar Orbital Platform — Gateway, as well as the level of participation in its creation from different countries, including Russia, will become clear in the coming months. Currently in negotiations on the establishment of the station involved 15 countries.

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