Concept of the Lunar Orbital Station
|Mission type||Space station|
|Operator||Russian Federal Space Agency|
|Spacecraft type||lunar space station|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||2025 (proposed)|
The Lunar Orbital Station is a proposed Russian space station in orbit around the Moon. The design was presented in 2007 at a conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City. It is one of the two parts of the planned Russian lunar infrastructure, the other part being a base on the surface of the Moon.
LOS will have six docking ports, high-power antenna for communications, maneuvering and attitude control engines, solar panels and a robotic arm. The station components would be launched atop a super heavy version of the Angara rocket.
Russia has expressed discontent with its role in the international Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, which prompted the country to go ahead with the creation of its own lunar station. The launch of the first LOS module is proposed for 2025. Other reports state that NASA now accepted Russia's full participation in the international Gateway.
- Construction of Russian Lunar Orbital Station May Be Launched in 2025 - Report. Sputnik New. 29 November 2018.
- "Lunar Orbital Station, LOS". Russian Space Web. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
- Russia's Roscosmos Says to Remain Participant of 1st Moon Orbit Station Project. Sputnik News. 21 September 2018.
- Lunar Orbital Station, LOS
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