Russia’s replacement for the Proton rocket costs way too much

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin visits the construction site for the launch pad for the rocket boosters of the Angara family, at the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Enlarge / Roscosmos head
Dmitry Rogozin visits the construction site for the launch pad for
the rocket boosters of the Angara family, at the Vostochny
Cosmodrome. (credit: Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

In recent months, the Russian space industry has talked a good
game about its plans for developing new rockets to compete on the
international stage.

One of the country’s storied rocket engine manufacturers, NPO
Energomash, announced
it was working on developing a large, methane-fueled rocket engine,
named the RD-0177. This engine was part of an overall plan for a
“new generation” of rockets. The work comes as three US rocket
companies, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and Blue Origin, are
building their next-generation rockets around methane engines.

Additionally, Russian officials have continued to talk about
developing the Soyuz 5 rocket—a medium-lift rocket that is
supposed to provide affordable access to space. This booster

has been linked
to Sea Launch’s floating spaceport as well as
human launches in the mid-2020s.

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Russia’s replacement for the Proton rocket costs way too
much