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Energia's super-engine might get a second life

Published: July 28

 

The developer of the hydrogen-burning engine that propelled the Soviet shuttle Buran into orbit says it is preparing to restore the production of the mighty powerplant for a future Russian super-rocket.

In 1976, the KBKhA design bureau in the city of Voronezh began work on a powerful hydrogen engine for the second (core) stage of the giant Energia booster. The RD-0120 engine could develop more than 200 tons of thrust and rivaled NASA's Space Shuttle Main Engine, SSME.

The RD-0120 engine became the most powerful Soviet rocket engine with a single combustion chamber ever flown and it represented the technological pinacle of rocket propulsion in the USSR. The engine was reportedly assembled out of 5,525 components and required 52,000 separate blueprints.


Other news, updates:

July 26; updated: July 28: Roskosmos restores control over Foton-M4

July 23: Russia launches new cargo ship to ISS

July 26: New Angara engine is under development

July 22: Soyuz developer shows Putin future super-rocket
July 25: Meteor-M2 delivers its first image July 21: Relek undergoes testing in orbit

MANNED SPACE FLIGHT

 

Russian firm presses ahead with inflatable module

Soyuz rocket developer to build Russia's ISS module

Russia delivers fresh crew to ISS

 

Problems with next Russian ISS module go from bad to worse

NASA limits cooperation with Russia

Soyuz TMA-12M lifts off, fails to dock on time

 

MILITARY SPACE

 

Egyptsat-2 to begin operational mission

Soyuz launches GLONASS-55 satellite

Rockot launches Rodnik trio

 

 

Persona-2 fails in orbit?

Soyuz launches milsat

Soyuz launches GLONASS satellite

 

COMMERCIAL AND APPLICATION SPACE

 

Soyuz to launch Sentinel-1B

Soyuz successfully launches four O3b birds

Russia launches new weather watcher

 

Rockot launches Gonets trio

Dnepr launches a cluster of satellites

Sea Launch delivers Eutelsat-3B

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Academy of Sciences kills Karat project

Russian X-ray observatory to fly in 2016

Four potential sites for ExoMars eyed

 

 

ExoMars to pave the way for soil sample return

ExoMars-2016 core module completed

Aist-2 to be developed by 2015

ROCKETRY

 

Angara-5 to replace Proton

Angara-5 to fly its first test mission next

Angara flies maiden mission

 

 

Proton fails again with Ekspress satellite

A colossal fire threatens Vostochny Cosmodrome

Second stage of Soyuz rocket

 

HISTORY

 

LK project

Ramjet rocket turns 75

Enduring mystery of the Zond project

 

 

A rare look inside Crimean mission control center

Russia takes over Ukrainian space facility in Crimea

1st launch of N1

 

 

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Last update: July 28, 2014