More and more private companies are being involved in the development of the promising space industry. Thus, along with the American giants SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin, the development of their own spacecraft are engaged in Russian “Laros” and “CosmoKurs.”
Laros, headed by Oleg Larionov, intends to test-launch a suborbital launch vehicle with a dynamic landing at the end of next year. According to the functionary, in the first quarter of 2020, fire tests of a new liquid rocket engine operating on a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (about 90%) will be carried out. and aviation kerosene.
Tests will be carried out on a sample of the unit with a thrust of 20 kg. However, in the future, the company plans to create a power plant with a thrust of 500 kg, and then 2.5 tons. It is expected that composite materials and additive technologies will be actively used in the creation of new ERDs.
CosmoCurs is not far behind its colleagues. The organization, headed by Pavel Pushkin, is developing a reusable complex for suborbital tourist flights.
To launch its spacecraft, the company is building its own spaceport in the Nizhny Novgorod region. It is expected that future space tourists will be able to enjoy the 15-minute flight, rising to an altitude of up to 200 km.
According to Pushkin, at the beginning of mid-summer next year, fire tests of the power plant designed for future launch vehicles of the company will be carried out.
In the development of the engine, two variants of the technology of its creation were considered: classical and additive. According to the director of the company, the unit, which will be tested next year, will be 90% printed on a 3D printer.
Earlier it was reported that the first test launch of the rocket from “CosmoKurs” will take place in 2024. At the same time, despite the fact that the project of a private cosmodrome in Nizhny Novgorod region has not yet been agreed with Roscosmos, Pushkin assures that the timing of tests of the future carrier will not be affected.