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Russia\'s Kliper Spacecraft Showcased in Paris

Published by Robin on Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:25 am
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By Leonard David, Space. com Senior Space Writer
posted: 15 June 2005, 02:31 pm ET

Visitors to the Paris Air Show are being treated to a full-scale mockup of Russia’s proposed Kliper spaceliner.

The multi-use vehicle is one piece of Russia’s Rosaviakosmos display at the Pairs Air Show now underway until June 19. Rosaviakosmos is Russia’s Federal Space Agency, with the Kliper design a product of that country’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation.

The exhibit includes a look inside the Kliper (or Clipper in English), showing the placement of passengers behind a flight crew.

Russia is touting the spacecraft as a replacement for their workhorse spacecraft, the Soyuz. Much like NASA’s Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), future destinations for the Kliper are said to be the International Space Station, the Moon, as well as Mars, according to Russian officials. It could also serve as an emergency rescue craft for space station crews.

full article at Space.com and pictures of the mockup.

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