New Design for Russian Super-Heavy Methane-Powered Launch Vehicle Completed, Source Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The new design of a Russian carrier rocket powered by liquefied natural gas (methane) has been put together, a space industry source told Sputnik.

“It is planned to create a super-heavy launch vehicle … [with] six side blocks around the central one – all with the RD-182 engine [operating on methane], and the upper stage using the RD-0169 [engine]”, the source said.

In January, a 407 million-ruble ($5.2 million) contract was signed on the development of a rough design of the Amur-SPG rocket.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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