How do you like that, Elon Musk? Russian company intends to launch reusable rocket


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How do you like that, Elon Musk? Russian company intends to launch reusable rocket

Today it became known that the private company Laros, whose head is Oleg Larionov, is about to send a reusable launch vehicle into space. Laros plans to do this next year, the design of the rocket will be similar to the one used by SpaceX.

According to Larionov, Laros is developing a whole line of reusable light launch vehicles (LV). They will work on a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and aviation kerosene. The proportion of hydrogen is about 90%. The first version of the rocket will be called Laros PH-1, it will be a single-stage suborbital carrier with an engine with a thrust of 500 kg.

“We plan to launch a suborbital launch vehicle in 2020. This rocket will be launched at an altitude of 120-130 km and is needed for testing the so-called dynamic landing. That is, we launch the missile, deploy it and plant it further, as Mask does, ”Larionov said. The height of the rocket will be 17 meters.

The first rocket will start with a heavy-duty car trailer. Approximately such platforms are used to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles of the Russian Missile Forces.

The company is currently developing rocket engines. Already created experimental samples with a thrust of 20 kg on the specified mixture of fuels. Samples are tested on mobile stands, almost all of them were printed on a 3D printer. If the tests pass as planned, the engine is scaled to a power of 500 kg. The new engine will need a training ground already, because in case of an accident the consequences will be large-scale.

Larionov said that electric pumps would be used to pump fuel in zero gravity. This is a structural feature of the rocket, since other startups use a circuit with pressurized gas displacing fuel from the tanks.

The businessman said that the development of suborbital media is carried out exclusively at his own expense. After the suborbital rocket is ready and tested, the company will begin to create the Laros PH-2 orbital launch vehicle, which will launch a payload weighing 200 kg to a height of up to 400-500 km.

In September, the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the cost of manufacturing a new reusable Russian carrier rocket with an engine that runs on methane is about 900 million rubles. Rogozin believes that its cost is one third lower than the cost of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket, which costs the budget 1.28 billion rubles. True, the agency is not able to engage in the development of such missiles, since it directs free funds to pay off debts. Well, the free funds were invested in the financial rehabilitation program of the Khrunichev center.

Rogozin also said that the methane engine makes it possible to reuse booster rockets.

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