The leadership of Roscosmos—Russian space agency—has initiated a limit of 1 Trillion rubles (around $15 Billion) for the mission of constructing the first sample of the heavy Yenisei rocket, a source told to Sputnik. In last month, a spokesperson told that the project may need up to 1.5 Trillion rubles in funding.
“During the recent sessions, the management of Roscosmos stated that the price of creating and designing the first rocket should not go beyond 1 Trillion rubles,” the source reported. However, the specific price had not yet been settled upon. Reportedly, Vladimir Putin—Russian President—had signed a verdict on the construction of the super-heavy rocket in 2018. The Energia rocket producer that is part of Roscosmos had been dispensed the main supplier in the project. The plan for funding the rocket construction is a part of the Russian national scheme on the investigation of the Moon.
Lately, Russia’s space agency was also in news as it is intended to install GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) ground station in India. Reportedly, Roscosmos plans to establish ground station of GLONASS in the southern part of India mainly in Bengaluru, the agency reported to Sputnik. In 2016, India and Russia inked a pact providing for the set up in the two nations of ground stations to fetch data from the Russian GLONASS system and the IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System), which also operates with NAVIC. The stations aid in improving the precision and the integrity of data given by a navigation system. Russia’s GLONASS stations are situated all around the world, counting in Antarctica. One source said, “While there was a MoU (memorandum of understanding) signed during 2016, we have now decided Bengaluru as the location.” Officials clarified that Bengaluru was largely selected as the city already has the ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network).