Russia's new manned spaceship will depart on its first flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024.
"There will be one unmanned flight of the next-generation manned spaceship to the ISS a year in the period from 2021 to 2023, and the first manned mission to the ISS will take place in 2024," says a draft federal space program for 2016-2025 the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has presented for the government's consideration.
A light-lift 14-tonne spaceship designed for flying in near-Earth space will be tested.
The draft says the heavy-lift 20-tonne spaceship will be launched in 2025.
Roscosmos requests the allocation of 60.77 billion rubles for the project in the federal space program.
The next-generation manned spaceship will carry out 24-day autonomous flights to the Moon. It will be manned by four persons and transport 100 kilogram payloads.
The new spaceship is being developed by the Energia Corporation.
It was reported earlier that the spaceship would be launched from the Vostochny space center under construction in the Amur region.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia would not extend the ISS project after 2020 because it wanted to focus on other promising space projects.
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