22 Apr 2024 15:03

Russia plans to build infrastructure for Korona reusable LV at Vostochny Cosmodrome - Roscosmos CEO

MOSCOW. April 22 (Interfax) - Russia is considering building infrastructure for its future Korona reusable one-stage launch vehicle at Vostochny Cosmodrome, Yury Borisov, CEO of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos, said on Monday.

"In the future, we might also possibly station the Korona there [Vostochny Cosmodrome]," Borisov said while meeting with students of the Moscow Aviation Institute.

On March 28, Roscosmos said its Makeyev State Rocket Center had started work on approbating key technologies for building a Korona reusable one-stage launch vehicle.

On February 9, 2023, Makeyev State Rocket Center CEO and General Designer Vladimir Degtyar said the center would implement a research and development project in 2023-2025 to build a space system based on the Korona reusable launch vehicle together with other Roscosmos enterprises.

The rocket's design will provide for it being reused up to 100 times and for taking payloads to orbit at an extremely low cost, he said.

According to Degtyar's presentation, the rocket's liftoff weight should be within 302 to 315 tonnes, and its height 42.15 meters. The weight of a payload launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome should be 5.5 tonnes and 10.6 tonnes for a single and double launch respectively.

The Makeyev State Rocket Center has been designing the Korona launch vehicle since 1997. As reported, the center has initiated the project and funded it on its own.

The Makeyev State Rocket Center is the developer of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile and sea-launched strategic missiles.