Artist’s concept of Russia’s proposed Reusable Integrated Launch Vehicle (RILV) on the pad.
CREDIT: A. Kuzin/Roscosmos/Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

Russia Wants Reusable Rockets By 2020

Rob Coppinger, Contributor
Date: 15 October 2012 Time: 07:01 AM ET

The first flight of a reusable Russian rocket booster that returns to the launch pad under its own power could occur by 2020, Russian space officials say.

The flyback booster, called the Re-entry Rocket Module (RRM), is part of a larger Russian project that aims to develop a partially reusable rocket called the Reusable Integrated Launch Vehicle, or RILV. The RRM would be the RILV’s first stage.

The RRM is designed to operate for 100 launches, and its main engine, called the liquid-propellant rocket engine (LPRE), will be initially re-ignitable 10 times, with an ultimate goal of 25 uses. The LPRE will burn liquid oxygen along with methane or kerosene, officials say.

The RRM is being developed for the Russian Federal Space Agency by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, based in Moscow.

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