S7 plans to test parts of its future space rocket this year
MOSCOW, January 11. / TASS /. Russian company S7 Space plans to test the fuel tanks of its future light space rocket in an independent laboratory this year, head of the company’s technology research department, Arseny Kisarev, told TASS.
“We plan to test the rocket elements, namely smaller fuel tanks with a diameter of 1.5 meters. The tests are aimed at proving that the structure is durable. A concrete lab has yet to be selected for this purpose. In other words, there has been no firm contract for the trials so far, “he said.
The official expressed hope that the trials would be carried out by TsNIIMash (Central Machine Building Research Institute), a main research institute of Russian space company Roscosmos.
“However, the choice of another laboratory is also possible, if it matches our requirements of the testing procedure,” he said.
In a previous interview, posted by Rosmould’s YouTube channel, Kisarev said the work should be completed in 2022.
The S7 Development Center announced in September 2020 that it had started designing its own reusable lightweight class space rocket in 2019. According to the report, the expertise accumulated during the project could later be used to design a class rocket. average for the Sea Launch floating platform.
The Sea Launch, consisting of a floating launch platform and a command ship, carried out 36 space launches (including 32 successful) before suspending its launch activities in 2014. It was acquired by the Russian group S7 in 2016. In the same year, the S7 group created a subsidiary, S7 Space, to manage the project. The company acquired a license for space activities in February 2017 and for the design and modernization of space rockets and other delivery vehicles – in 2018.