Russians Test New Methane Engine


The second test of the demonstrating engine produced by Isaev Chemical Machine Building Design Bureau (Korolev, Moscow region) was successfully completed on June 25 in NITS RKP (Peresvet, Moscow region). Engine’s thrust is 7.5ts, it uses gas-generation circuit and liquid oxygen/liquid natural gas. Engine start, stop, nominal, forced, restricted modes were tested.

The tests were performed in the framework of the Russian Federal Space Program – development of reusable engine which uses ecologically-friendly prop components (oxygen and liquid gas).