Russian Space Agency Build New Carrier Rocket
Russia’s space agency Roscosmos plans to construct a new launch vehicle to carry satellites into orbit. It is to be reusable and satellite carrying process is to be cheaper. The project will have a winged first stage that will be capable of returning back to the launch site after separating from the expendable second stage.
The project draft is part of Russia’s 2016-2025 space program. Russia is going to spend over 12 billion rubles (around $180 million) on the creation of the reusable first stage before 2025. Space experts say satellite launches could become much cheaper thanks to renewable launchers. They would allow to save millions of dollars on engines installed on the first stage of the rocket. The cost of the engines used on the current expendable launch vehicles is $10-70 million.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), Russian Soyuz Carrier rockets are the most frequently used in the world. They are currently the only type of launch vehicles transporting people to the International Space Station (ISS).