In Russia will develop a reusable rocket in response to Falcon 9
RSC “Energia” and space-rocket center “Progress” starts to develop reusable rockets of the middle class, which will proceed simultaneously with the creation of its disposable version. She will answer made in the USA the Falcon 9.
Unification with the one-time “Soyuz-5” will allow you to launch a rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Vostochny, as well as with floating cosmodrome in the Pacific ocean — on the program “Sea launch”.
“In the near future the initiative will be considered reusable first stage, as the most expensive part of the carrier. According to the results, decisions will be made about continuation of works”, — told the “news” in a press-service of RSC Energia.
It is assumed that the missile will make an independent landing, and Falcon 9 of the American Corporation SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk. However, the system will render other options, for example, the use of parachutes.
As explained by the General Director of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev, the main factor that will be considered in the development feasibility of creating a reusable rocket.
According to him, it is necessary to determine the cost of the preparation steps after your flight to the next runs, and calculate the load capacity of the launch for her self-planting in pots you should leave up to 30% fuel.