The reusable methane engine being developed in Russia for the Amur-LNG launch vehicle could theoretically provide dozens of launches. This is reported by “RIA Novosti”, referring to the materials of the state corporation Roscosmos, posted on the website of state purchases.
Amur-LNG is a two-stage carrier with a reusable first stage. Liquefied natural gas and liquid oxygen should be used as fuel components.
It is noted on the public procurement website that it is planned to use adapted (modernized) engines with a single design base as the main engines of the first and second stages of the rocket. Multiple use of the first stage unit will be provided by a dynamic landing system along the flight path to a prepared platform or to the launch area (with its subsequent return to the technical position and preparation for a re-launch).
“Possibility of at least 10 uses of a serial sample of a liquid-propellant rocket engine (LPRE) as part of the first stage of a launch vehicle. Consider measures to increase the possibility of using a serial LRE as part of the first stage of a launch vehicle up to 25, 50 times“, – says the materials.
For the new carrier, it is planned to create a launch pad at the Vostochny cosmodrome. It is noted that in the development of the rocket complex, promising materials, including composite ones, as well as additive technological processes, that is, 3D printing tools, should be used to the maximum.
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