The Korvet” unmanned spacecraft, which is offered to deliver soil from the surface of a natural Earth satellite to the Russian orbital station, will be designed for 2-3 such “deliveries”, said Lev Zelenyi, research director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Earlier Igor Mitrofanov, the Head of the Nuclear Planetology Department of the Institute for Space Research (IKI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, suggested using the shuttle called “Corvette” together with the Russian station on the Moon orbit to study the Earth satellite surface and deliver soil samples.
He stressed that for more landings, it would be necessary to take more fuel from the Earth, which is spent on braking and take-off. At the stage of unmanned mooring, it would not be expedient. “Corvette could be refueled at the station, but according to Green, this would require a large amount of fuel in orbit, which would also be difficult to implement.
Green emphasized that, based on the technology of moon landing, which “Corvette” will be able to work out, in the future will be created and much larger landing vehicles to deliver people from the orbit of the moon to the surface and back.
At the same time, he noted that the large carrying capacity of the device will not differ. It will be enough to take 200-300 grams of lunar soil from each point so that the astronauts will bring it to Earth in the future to study. The scientist gave the example of the Soviet “Luna” series spacecraft also delivered no more than 200-300 grams of soil, which is enough for mass spectrometric analysis.