Roscosmos announces the launch date of a biological Ark

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In 2024 the state corporation Roscosmos plans to build a biological satellite to send it into the orbit of our planet. With this experiment, dubbed the Ark, the aim is to study in more detail what happens to living organisms in distant space.

So far no specialist has been able to confirm that a human is capable of surviving “outside the geomagnetic field,” Roscosmos chief Dmitri Rogozin wrote on his Twitter account.

“In 2024 the launch of the Ark will take place, which will remain in orbit for four weeks at an altitude of up to 20,000 kilometers,” he said.

This satellite will be used to carry out research in “space biology, physiology and biotechnology” and, in particular, to study what effect the absence of magnetic fields in deep space could cause on various organisms.
For the first time, Rogozin announced in May 2019 that Roscosmos was working on this project with Moscow State University. In fact, this satellite it is not the only project similar to what is currently being carried out in Russia.
Currently, Russian engineers are developing Vozvrat (Return, in Russian) that will replace the Soviet Bion biosatellites. This space probe would be capable of conducting experiments at an altitude of up to 10,000 kilometers and passing through the Van Allen belts, known to concentrate large amounts of high-energy particles. As if that were not enough, it could occasionally leave the Earth’s magnetosphere and climb to an altitude of up to 200,000 kilometers.

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