Russia Considers Rocket-Powered Landing for New Spacecraft

Russia mulls rocket power ‘first’
BBC News

Engineers are considering a rocket-powered landing system for the successor to Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.

If accepted, it would be the first time in history that a manned vehicle relied solely on rocket engines for touchdown. Previous manned missions have landed on Earth using a parachute or, in the case of space shuttles, a pair of wings.

RKK Energia, Russia’s prime developer of manned spacecraft, had to examine the feasibility of the rocket-powered landing as a result of conflicting requirements for the project set by the Russian government.

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