• A. Pustovharov Yuzhnoye State Design Office
  • H. Osinovyj Yuzhnoye State Design Office


The exploration of the Moon, which is expected to begin in the near future, will be phased. Gradually, the permanent presence of people on its surface will be ensured. To do this, it will be necessary to create bases on the surface of the Moon, the projects of which are currently being worked on in different countries. One of the most important tasks will be to provide lunar bases with everything necessary, which can be done by sending from Earth automatic (unmanned) spacecraft with various cargoes. The means of delivery to the Moon of everything necessary will be considered further cargo spacecraft for supply. An analysis of the state of work on similar spacecraft in the world was carried out, the concept of using the cargo spacecraft for supply was worked out, in particular - the approximate nomenclature of cargoes was determined. The conceptual design of the spacecraft was also developed, its systems and equipment were described. Attention is paid to the principles of cargo placement inside. As a result of conceptual design, some characteristics were obtained and the appearance of the cargo spacecraft was formed. The means of delivery of the transport vehicle to the Moon are described, including a super-heavy space launcher, a lunar space tug and a lunar lander. Conceptual studies of the cargo spacecraft using modern design methods, including 3D modeling, showed that its characteristics are at the level of existing spacecraft used to supply the International Space Station, or promising ones that may be created in the near future. The work carried out allows us to conclude that the cargo spacecraft supplying the Moon industrial and research base is an important and promising means of studying and exploring the Moon. Creation and testing of the cargo spacecraft will make it possible to bring plans for the study and exploration of the Moon closer to reality.

Author Biographies

A. Pustovharov, Yuzhnoye State Design Office

Пустовгаров Андрій Анатолійович. Україна.

Державне підприємство «Конструкторське бюро «Південне»
ім. М. К. Янгеля».

Начальник групи. Сфера інтересів — розробка наземної інфраструктури ракетних та ракетно-космічних комплексів.

H. Osinovyj, Yuzhnoye State Design Office

Осіновий Геннадій Геннадійович. Україна.

Державне підприємство «Конструкторське бюро «Південне» ім. М. К. Янгеля». Начальник відділу. Доктор філософії.

Сфера інтересів — спеціальні ракетні та космічні системи.


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How to Cite
Pustovharov, A., & Osinovyj, H. (2023). CARGO SPACECRAFT FOR SUPPLY MOON INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH BASE. Journal of Rocket-Space Technology, 30(4), 144-152.
Spacecraft, satellite systems and methods for processing satellite data