Chief Designers Meet to Design Soyuz 5 Launch Complex

Soyuz 5 launch vehicle

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — A meeting of the Council of Chief Designers was held at the Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), at which issues on the creation of the Soyuz-5 space rocket complex (KRK) were considered.

Representatives of RSC Energia took part in the work of the Council of Chief Designers, chaired by the General Director of the Progress RSC – the chief designer of the Soyuz-5 spacecraft, Dmitry Baranov, and the Deputy General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for rocketry, NKI operation, quality and reliability assurance, Alexander Lopatin, NPO automatics, NPO Energomash, KBKHA, NIC RCP, NPO Lavochkin, RKS, TsENKI, as well as other enterprises and leading institutes of the rocket and space industry.

At the meeting of the Council, the organizational issues of the delivery of the conceptual design for the space rocket complex to the state customer, the State Corporation Roscosmos, were considered. The General Director of the Progress RCC presented a report on the progress of work on the creation of the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle. RCC “Progress” manufactures the first stage fuel tanks of the rocket, pipelines, pneumohydraulic units for ground experimental testing of the product. 

Completed static tests of prototypes of the oxidizer tank to confirm the strength of the first stage of the launch vehicle intended for bench tests. Firing tests of the development engine RD-171MV were carried out at the NPO Energomash stand, firing tests of the RD-0124MS engine in KBKhA continue.

The heads of RSC Energia, NPO Avtomatika, NPO Energomash, KBKhA, NPO Lavochkina, TsENKI and other enterprises-developers of the Soyuz-5 space rocket complex and its components also made reports.

The Council of Chief Designers made decisions aimed at ensuring the delivery of the preliminary design for the Soyuz-5 spacecraft complex this year.

Soyuz Light to Debut, Angara Reaches Pad & RD-0146D Testing Advances

Modle of the Soyuz-21.v launch vehicle. (Credit: Pavel Kolotilov)
Modle of the Soyuz-21.v launch vehicle. (Credit: Pavel Kolotilov)

There is some good news to report out of Russia about two delayed launch vehicle development programs.

The Soyuz 2-1v light launch vehicle has been scheduled for its first test flight on Dec. 23. Meanwhile, the first prototype of the Angara rocket has made it to the launch pad at Plesetsk more than 18 years after the Russian government approved the program.

In related news, engineers have conducted nearly 70 test firings of the cryogenic RD-0146 upper stage engine, which is intended to fly on later versions of the Angara launch vehicle as well as the Proton rocket.

Spaceflight Now reports that the Soyuz 2-1v rocket will launch the student-built AIST microsatellite and SKRL 756 calibration spheres on its inaugural mission scheduled for two days before Christmas.

The Soyuz 2-1v is a light version of the venerable rocket. Four booster strap-on booster rockets have been removed, and the first-stage engine has been replaced with NK-33 engines left over from the Soviet manned lunar program.

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Testing Continues on New Engine for Angara, Upgraded Soyuz Rockets

KBKhA Press Release
17 April 2009

Development tests of the new liquid-propellant rocket engine to be used for Soyuz-2-1b and Angara are continued at KBKhA company, Voronezh.

The forth fire test of the engine sample (750 sec) was carried out yesterday to test thrust and component ratio. Operation time of the engine in the facility reach 3000 sec, which is equal to 11 flight operation times.

In parallel, the company assembles the engine model for Soyuz-2-1b launcher. Two successful launches of the rocket with Voronezh’s engines in the third stages were carried out in 2006 and 2008.