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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Energia Considers Outsourcing on Moon, Mars

Russia is working on a space transport system that could eventually lead to the industrialization of the moon, a space expert said.

Thirty-eight years after the United States put the first man on the moon, Russia could reach it using Soyuz rockets, the head of space company Energia, Nikolai Sevastyanov, said in an interview with Vedomosti. "It is time to think about industrial development of the moon. We are sometimes criticized for making such suggestions too early," Sevastyanov was quoted as saying in an interview released on Wednesday.

"But it is time to do this given the limits to natural reserves on Earth and the pace of civilization's progress. Nor can we dismiss the idea of outsourcing harmful industries into space."

Sevastyanov said Energia was working on a new space transport system called Kliper/Parom.

"We can start flying to the moon using the Soyuz ships and those technologies that we already have. As for industrial development, that will be with the new technologies that the Kliper system will give us."

Sevastyanov also told the newspaper that he believed that humans might fly to Mars by 2030. A manned flight to Mars is "realistic enough" and will spur technological development that may bring unexpected results in many areas of science, Sevastyanov said.

Reuters, Bloomberg