- The cost of ARGO production will be under $12 million.
- The test flights are scheduled in 2023.
- Scheduled flights are expected to start in 2026.
The Russian private company International Commercial Space announced a concept of ARGO in the Fall of 2019. The majority of the staff is from the S7 Space company, which is the first Russian commercial company providing a full service launching of spacecrafts with the use of the launch vehicles Zenit. Only now is new information pertaining to the ARGO project becaming available. ARGO will be a conjoined project between Roscosmos, Rosatom and Rostec.
The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is a state corporation responsible for a wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation.
ROSATOM and also known as the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, or the Rosatom State Corporation, is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy.
State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product (Rostec) is a Russian conglomerate.
The above partnerships clearly indicated that this is not a private project. The private company is just another Kremlin proxy. There is no such thing as true private business on any large scale in Russia.
The main purpose of ARGO is to be a cost efficient alternative for space transport. The approximate cost of the ship, including manufacturing, is close to $11.5 million. The cost of production will be 65% cheaper than the Progress MS spacecraft.
- ARGO will be able to deliver 2 tonnes of cargo to the International Space Station