The latest Russian methane rocket will be reusable


The terms of reference for the development of a draft design of the newest returning rocket with a methane engine were approved by Roskosmos. The corresponding contract will be signed in the near future, as reported to the agency TASS two sources at once in the rocket and space industry.


The first interlocutor said that at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a missile complex with an average launch vehicle using liquefied methane and oxygen would be created. The terms of reference have already been approved.

This information was also confirmed by a second source, adding that the project received the Amur-LNG code, and technical details and innovations introduced will become known immediately after signing the contract for the development of the space complex.

Recall that according to previously announced information, the new missile will be lighter than Soyuz-2. At the same time, its carrying capacity will be 10 tons more in the case of the payload being brought to low Earth orbit.

The Executive Director of Roscosmos for promising programs, Alexander Bloshenko, said in 2019 that the first flight of an “environmentally friendly” carrier could take place as early as 2025. In turn, the head of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin said that the methane rocket will replace the Soyuz-2 and will be reusable.

It is noteworthy that, according to one of the agency’s sources, for the first time in the history of Russian astronautics, the design to cost principle will be applied. This means that the rocket will be created at a given cost of the final service. The cost of one launch will be calculated based on current trends in the launch services market. Such an approach will make the new device competitive and in demand.
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  1. cmonman Offline
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 23 June 2020 15: 47
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    ... from current trends in the launch services market.

    But the rocket will enter the market in 2025 and prices in 2025 may be 30% cheaper than today. How then with payback?
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 25 June 2020 12: 33
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      But the rocket will enter the market in 2025 and prices in 2025 may be 30% cheaper than today. How then with payback?

      And why 30%, and not 100500?
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) 25 June 2020 13: 28
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        30% took from the ceiling - maybe more, maybe less. I just figured out how many private companies can / want to launch cargo into space. Already somewhere around 5 do this on a regular basis. Missiles, however, are light. But by 2025, the number of private traders will increase and prices may fall.
        1. 123 Offline
          123 (123) 25 June 2020 13: 30
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          I thought maybe you have some data. hi In general, we’ll wait, after 5 years we’ll discuss it. laughing
  2. smersh chek Offline
    smersh chek (smersh chek) 23 June 2020 18: 48
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    Decided to create a Crown rocket?
  3. Cyril Offline
    Cyril (Kirill) 23 June 2020 20: 59
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    The funny thing is that the landing of this rocket is planned in the same way that is implemented in the Falcon-9 laughing
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 24 June 2020 20: 11
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      Will side accelerators fall or self-plant?
      1. Cyril Offline
        Cyril (Kirill) 25 June 2020 00: 42
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        There will be no side accelerators on this rocket, most likely.
  4. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 25 June 2020 12: 43
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    Empty talk. In about 5 years we’ll discuss it.