The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is elaborating a proposal for development of super-heavy space rocket able to place into orbit a payload of over 160 tons, head of the agency, Oleg Ostapenko, said on Tuesday, Interfax reports.
"In the near term (in February) we will introduce the proposal for consideration by the military-industrial commission", - Ostapenko said during a conference held at Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
He also said that Roscosmos is studying the possibility of developing the super-heavy space rocket. "This refers to development of a space rocket able to place into orbit a payload of 80 tons in the near term", - the head of Roscosmos said.
"The launch facilities will be used for space rockets able to place into orbit a payload of 160 tons and more. It is a real task. There are even higher parameters in our plans", - Ostapenko said.
He reminded that Vostochny cosmodrome is being constructed in Amur Region in order to grant Russia the ability to launch spacecraft. The first launch of Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from Vostochny cosmodrome is scheduled for 2015.
According to the head of Roscosmos, the possibility of constructing launch facilities for Angara heavy rocket (which is able to place into orbit a payload of 25 tons) at Vostochny is under consideration.