Elon Musk commends Russia's Roscosmos for working on reusable space rocket
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 07, 2020
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has described the development of the Amur methane-powered rocket of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos as a "step in the right direction."
Elon Musk wrote in a Twitter reply, recommending to set an aim for "full reusability".
Reusability is the hottest trend of the space rocket manufacturing now. Its key purpose is to reduce the launch costs. Russia at this point has no own reusable carrier rockets.
By "full reusability" Musk could be meaning the multiple use of not only a rocket's first stage but other components as well. For example, SpaceX in its launches strives to preserve the nose cone of its rockets, albeit not always successfully.
Roscosmos has contracted the Amur rocket's development with the Progress Rocket Space Centre, the developer of the famous Soyuz spacecraft that until recently was the only way of transporting astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station.
Amur's first launch is scheduled for 2026. The methane-powered rocket is expected to deliver up to 10 launches.
Musk's own company SpaceX uses a reusable first stage on its Falcon rockets. The first space company to use the reusable carrier rocket technology was also a US company, Blue Origin. The technology is currently in the works by the private Rocket Lab company on its Electron rockets as well.
In Russia, besides Roscosmos, the technology of reusable first stages is in the works by S7, although for light-class aircraft, and the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry. The technology is also being developed in Europe and China.
Source: RIA Novosti
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