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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos has approved a preliminary design of a super heavy-lift launch vehicle and also appointed the head of the project, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.

    "Last week, we approved a preliminary design of a super heavy-lift launch vehicle ... Roscosmos has decided on the manager of the super heavy-lift launch vehicle project, it will be my deputy, Alexander Lopatin," Rogozin said during a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

    Earlier in December, sources in the Russian space industry said that Roscosmos was working on the Yenisei super heavy-lift launch vehicle and its Don version with better carrying capacity. Such rockets will be used to launch to the Moon the Orel transport spacecraft, with a lunar descent-ascent module, and parts of a lunar base.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on developing a super heavy-lift launch vehicle in early 2018. The vehicle's first launch is planned for 2028.

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    super-heavy launch vehicles, Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos, Russia
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