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Moonplane—A Spacecraft for Regular Delivery of Astronauts onto the Moon

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Abstract: Aproject of spacecraft “moonplane” for regular delivery of astronauts onto theMoon is considered. At the first stage of flight by using a carrier rocket,equipped with a chemical rocket engine, the astronauts are delivered on theinternational space station ISS. For flights from Earth orbit into Moon orbit,the design of a moonplane “MOND”, consisting of an interorbital module and alunar module, has been developed. The interorbital module is an electric rocket, equipped with foursuperconductive magnetoplasma engine MARS. To power supply of theelectromotors, a solar battery of gallium arsenide is used. Thedesign of the lunar module with cabin astronauts, which is equipped with a chemical rocket engine for landing and take-off fromthe surface of the Moon, is developed. A method and a device for refuellingof the electrical rocket engines with nitrogen and for refuelling of thechemical rocket engines with oxygen and hydrogen, which are stored in cryogenictanks of the moonplane in the liquid state is developed.The developed spacecraft is capable to regularly transport fourastronauts off a moorage of ISS onto the surface of the Moon and backduring 6 days. The total cost delivery of one astronaut is 4 million USdollars.

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