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Luna-Glob (Luna 25)

Luna-Glob [Lavochkin]

The Russian lunar lander mission Luna-Glob or Luna 25 will be the next russian lunar mission after a decades-long hiatus.

After a very convoluted definition process, going from orbiter missions with impactors and small landers, to combined orbiter and lander missions, the mission was finally developed as a lunar polar lander.

The lander will land near the Lunar south pole at the Boguslavsky crater. It will carry a 30 kg science payload containing a soil-sampling robotic arm and possibly additional surface-drilling hardware.

Launch is planned on a Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M rocket, either from Baikonur or Vostoichny. Although a launch in 2018 or 2019 is baselined, delays are expected.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Lunar lander
Contractors: NPO Lavochkin
Power: Solar cells, RTG, batteries
Lifetime: > 1 year
Mass: ~1550 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Luna-Glob (Luna 25) - 2018 Ba or Vo Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M