In Russia it is proposed to create a fleet of ten airships for the implementation of search and rescue operations in case of emergency launches from the Vostochny cosmodrome. As reported by “RIA Novosti”, according to the materials of the Center of cosmonaut training. Yu. A. Gagarin.
We are talking about deploying a new system of rescue crew manned spacecraft of the future “eagle” (formerly the “Federation”). For deployment of airships along the route of the launch of manned spacecraft is planned to build two specialized airfield. It is assumed that one of them will be located directly on the Eastern spaceport, and the second – on Sakhalin and in Kamchatka.
Airships will be able to transport the lander of the ship “eagle” with the crew after a planned or emergency landing. In addition, evacuation of the apparatus will be possible directly from the water.
It is reported that the deployment of pilot production and construction of the first sample of the airship will cost 2.8 billion rubles. After the organization of serial production the cost of these aircraft will drop to 1.7 billion rubles.
Let us add that the first test launch of the ship “eagle” to be held in 2023, and one more year is planned unmanned launch vehicle. Manned flight to the ISS will be performed no earlier than 2025.