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RUSSIAN FGB-2 ADVANCES
The Russian Khrunichev FGB-2 could be launched to dock with the International Space Station as early as 2003, depending on the outcome of Russian Space Agency/Khrunichev utilization planning. Boeing has also been involved in potential commercial exploitation of the 20-ton module, which is similar to the FGB module that is a major element of the ISS. The FGB-2 spacecraft has already been integrated and has undergone substantial testing at Khrunichev (AW&ST May 15, 2000, p. 48). But costs are also a problem in the money-strapped Russian space program.