Scenes from a Russian Airshow

Stealth fighters, nuclear rocket designs, and a new lunar lander all were on display at MAKS 2013

(Anatoly Zak)


(Anatoly Zak)
A leading developer of planetary spacecraft, NPO Lavochkin, showed a scale model of its unmanned Luna-Glob lander, which is due to re-start the Russian lunar exploration program in the second half of this decade. Following the embarrassing failure of a Russian mission to the Martian moon Phobos in 2011, the company promised to do more thorough testing of the new spacecraft, and possibly to involve the European Space Agency in the project.

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