22 February 2012, 14:42

Russia’s Energomash: new rocket engines in development

Russia’s Energomash: new rocket engines in development
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Russia’s Energomash company has announced the development of new super powerful rocket engines. Today the company remains

Russia’s Energomash company has announced the development of new super powerful rocket engines. Today the company remains one of the world’s leading developers and producers of rocket engines strengthening its cooperation with other countries, first of all with the US.

Last year the company’s engineers completed the development of RD-191 engine and now they are working on two new engines with a thrust of up to 1,000 tons. The first one is RD-193 – a single-chamber engine fueled by kerosene and liquid oxygen. It will be used in light class carrier rockets which are to deliver cargos of up to 5 tons to the orbit, the company’s Deputy General director Vladimir Chvanov said in an interview with the “Voice of Russia”.

"This type of engines is in great demand. By now we have finished its rough design and are assembling a test installation to test the key solutions. As for RD-175 it combines universal technologies of the most recent developments of Energomash. This engine has a thrust of 1,000 tons."

The engine thrust defines the maximum weight the rocket can carry to the orbit.  If 3-5 rocket packs are equipped with such an engine the working load can be increased up to almost 100 tons.

The second new development Energomash is really proud of is RD-170. This liquid propellant rocket is considered to be the most powerful in the world.  US experts admit that this Russian engine is 8-10 years ahead of its US equivalents. This explains why foreign companies, first of all US companies, are so interested in the company’s production, Chvanov notes.

"Our company has been cooperating with the US for 15 years. By now about 60 engines have been produced of which 34 were used in Atlas III and Atlas V rockets and it was a 100% success. This makes our clients happy and enhances the prestige of the Russian school of rocket engine building."

Energomash continues its cooperation with the US. There are plans to develop a man carrying rocket on the base of Atlas V rocket. Russian and American rocket engineers are also working on alternative ways of cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) after the US shuttle fleet is retired.

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