The initial stages of the development of the Soyuz-LNG reusable methane-powered rocket will be financed by extra-budgetary sources. On August 7, Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian state corporation Roscosmos, told RIA Novosti about this.
“In fact, this project opens the door to the use of liquefied natural gas in the rocket and space industry,” said the top manager.
At the same time, the reusable stage of the Russian rocket will surpass SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in terms of the estimated number of launches – it will be designed for 100 flights, Rogozin added. “It will be a rocket of the 21st century,” he concluded.
Currently, the Falcon 9 carrier from the American company SpaceX is designed for 10 launches.
In the fall of 2019, it became known that the cost of manufacturing a new reusable Russian medium-class rocket with a methane engine would amount to about 900 million rubles. The launch cost is $ 40.5 million.
As the head of the state corporation added, Roscosmos plans to create a winged manned spacecraft, similar to the Soviet Buran, to replace the Soyuz MS. The Energia corporation and other enterprises of Roscosmos have already begun to develop options.