The frequency of flights to the future Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS) will be higher compared to space missions to the International Space Station (ISS), Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
"The frequency of flights will be higher and that is why it [a spacecraft] must be cheaper," the Roscosmos head said after a ceremony to present the Russian government's Yuri Gagarin Space Awards for 2021.
Russia is developing its new Oryol manned spacecraft (previously known as the Federatsiya spaceship) for lunar missions. Its first flight without a crew is scheduled for December 15, 2023, from the Vostochny spaceport. Its lighter version has been dubbed Orlyonok. Roscosmos earlier announced that at least 90% of Oryol components would be used for creating the Orlyonok spaceship. The Orlyonok is expected to have two seats and be lighter compared to the four-seat Oryol spaceship.
The Roscosmos chief earlier said that Russia would develop new technical tools for manned cosmonautics at the turn of 2026-2027.