Russians came up with 3.5 th names of spacecraft for Moon flights

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RSC Energia organized a competition for the best name of the new Russian manned transport spacecraft. The main prize is a trip to Baikonur; the results will be announced on January 15, 2016.

Competition for the best name of the new Russian manned transport spacecraft to fly to the Moon has kindled much interest. Within the two weeks from the starting date, the organizers received more than 3 thousand variants of the name, Roscosmos says in its statement.

"Within 14 days, the website of RSC Energia received more than 3500 variants of the name. The residents of Moscow, St. Petersburg and eastern Russia aged 25 to 40 are the most active participants. A lot of names are offered by our compatriots living abroad. We´ve already received great interesting names, but I think the best is yet to be offered," the contest committee representative said reminding that the contest ends on November 2.

The creative contest for the best name of the new Russian manned transport spacecraft is organized by RSC "Energy" with the assistance of Roscosmos and the URSC. The results will be announced on January 15, 2016.

The winners will be chosen by the jury. The main prize is a trip to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the possibility to witness the "Soyuz" manned spacecraft launching to the International Space Station in the spring of 2016.

The new Russian manned transport spacecraft developed by RSC Energia is designed to deliver people and cargo to the Moon and the stations in the Earth’s low orbit.

The space vehicle is reusable; the design uses the latest technologies, some of which are unique in the world astronautics. In particular, the return manned transport spacecraft will be made up of the composite materials, the reusable docking assembly is provided. The modern airborne electronics will help solve the issues of spacecraft rendezvous and docking more efficiently and will improve the crew safety during the ascent and descent.

The crew spacecraft will include up to 4 members. The autonomous flight duration of the vehicle will be up to 30 days and up to 1 year as part of the space station. The total weight of the spacecraft is 14.4 tons during the flight to the space station (19 tons during the flight to the Moon), the mass of the return vehicle is 9 tons. The vehicle will be 6.1 meters long. The carrier rocket "Angara-A5V" is planned to be used for launching the spacecraft into the orbit.

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