The general director of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev said that tests of the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle could be carried out earlier than planned.
According to him, tests of the missile could take place before 2022 (the planned year of launch), so that by that time it could already fly.
He also said that the Soyuz-5 will be the first and second stages of the new superheavy carrier, as it was with the Energia-Buran project.
The designers have to adapt the missile to launch pad No. 45 of the Baikonur cosmodrome, as well as to the Sea Launch infrastructure. As part of the preparation, the engine RD-171 will be improved: its mass and production costs will be reduced.
Vladimir Solntsev also said that Soyuz vehicles will be used in space tourism after the launch of the Federation space ship into the orbit.
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