“Russian Falcon 9” was cheaper than the American

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The average production of reusable rocket engine, running on CNG, will cost “Roscosmos” 900 million rubles, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the presentation made by the head of the state Dmitry Rogozin.

In the slide Manager, according to the Agency that compares the characteristics of prospective and current rocket “Soyuz-2.1 b”. The first will require 40.5 million rubles. The cost of production of the second — 1.28 billion rubles, and the price of the launch is 45 million. Reusable rocket will be able to output in NOO to 9 tons, and on a geotransfer — 2.2 tonnes. In low earth orbit (Leo) “Soyuz-2.1 b” is able to deliver 8.2 tons, and the geosynchronous transfer 2 tons.

In may it became known that the production and launch of light “Angara-1.2” were one and a half times more expensive than average “Soyuz-2.1 b”.

In August 2018, the General Director scientifically-production Association (NPO) “Energomash” Igor Arbuzov said that his rocket engine-building holding has embarked on the development of the power unit methane, called RD-169, the test which should pass in 3-4 years.

In may of the same year, the head of SpaceX Elon Musk said that is capable of reducing marginal costs for the re-launch of rocket to “less than 5 or 6 million dollars” for about three years.

The only current in the world of heavy missile, using reusable technology, is the Falcon 9 (and also based on it heavy, the Falcon Heavy) is an American company SpaceX. The cost of manufacturing and launch of the new Falcon 9 starts with 62 million dollars (about four billion), with the previously used first stage — from 50 million (3.2 billion). Currently, according to the head of SpaceX Elon musk, 60 percent of the cost falls on the Falcon 9 first stage, 20 percent to second, 10 percent for the fairing and everything else that is associated with the launch. Fuel costs 300-400 thousand dollars (1.9 to 2.5 million).

At present, Russia, unlike the US and the EU, has no current rocket engines using hydrogen or methane as a component of fuel. The Soviet super-heavy rocket “Energy” was hydrogen power plant, the technology of which Russian industry actually lost.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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