Roscosmos will launch funding in 2022 to create a fully reusable carrier rocket – Science & Space
MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos will launch funding in stages this year to create the country’s fully reusable carrier rocket, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
“We are considering the option of a single medium-class rocket that will be fully reusable. That is, the first stage and the entire carrier will be used multiple times. This year, we will begin funding step by step. stage of the project. “, Rogozin said in an interview with TV Channel One.
Russia is currently developing the Amur space rocket system with a reusable first stage. Launches of the rocket will be carried out from the Vostochny spaceport in the Amur region in the Russian Far East.
The Amur carrier rocket will have a take-off weight of approximately 360 tonnes and will be 55 meters high and 4.1 meters in diameter. The transporter will feature a reusable first stage and a non-recoverable second stage, both fueled by methane.
The Amur will be capable of delivering up to 10.5 tons of payload to low near-Earth orbit with its reusable stage and 12.5 tons in its expendable configuration. The rocket’s first launch with a spacecraft is scheduled for 2026, with a program estimated at 70 billion rubles (about $843 million).