View Full Version : Once Classified Russian Rockets to be Used for Commercial Space Venture

2009-Aug-18, 10:50 PM
An international company announced plans to launch a commercial space venture using spacecraft designed for a once classified Russian space program. Excalibur Almaz Limited plans to offer week-long orbital space flights beginning as early as 2013 with updated 1970's era Reusable Return Vehicles, designed for flying to the USSR's top-secret Almaz space station. [...]

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2009-Aug-19, 09:46 PM
Swords into plowshares.

2009-Aug-19, 11:48 PM
The Almaz was the USSR's answer top the threat they perceived form the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) USAF program from the 1960s. Both designs featured hatches in the heat shields which allowed the crews to enter the lab from the reentry modules, which were positioned ahead of the lab module.

With enough investment money, the program should succeed. A lot of money is saved by using a previously engineered design. But I am sure that some changes will be made with updated technology.