Jump to content
Sturgeon's House

Angara, and the Future of Russpace


Sturgeon
 Share

Recommended Posts

It looks like a reasonably good design to me; the RD-191 appears to be a pretty solid engine, and the basic architecture looks sound. Ultimately, I think its future is going to be more dependent on the state of the Russian economy and future Russian actions in the political/military sphere rather than any major technical issues. Another (somewhat related factor) is going to be how well the private spaceflight sector develops; if Elon Musk manages to launch Falcon 9s as cheaply and as regularly as he claims,  it will probably cut into the Angara's non-government customer base. Although it likely won't eliminate it entirely, given that the A5 has quite a bit more payload to LEO than the non-Heavy version of Falcon 9.

 

Overall, though, the design looks good, and congrats to Roscosmos and friends for putting together a whole new launch vehicle design, especially after the hilarity that was Russia in the 90s and early 2000s.

 

Bonus RD-191 diagram

 

infograph_1.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...