World’s Most Powerful Engine to be Digitalized in October

RD-171MV engine (Credit: NPO Energomash)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — NPO Energomash (part of Roscosmos) is finalizing the works to digitalize the RD-171MV rocket engine design documentation. The engine is to be used in the Soyuz-5 carrier rocket. The works to create digital design documentation have been underway since May 2019.

The enterprise design bureau created a special workgroup for the project – all the details have been modelled, large and small assemblies have been completed, the final assembly is almost over.

“We plan to finish the works in the end of September – beginning of October. Beside 3D modelling we create the fully digitalized design documentation with all the information necessary for production, control and handing over the ready products,” – says Oleg Tveriye, NPO Energomash digital technologies introduction department chief.

Digital design documentation will allow controlling the production process at all stages and effectively manage it. This will substantially cut the production period and automatize many processes from details and assembly units manufacturing to the engine assembly and firing trials.

After finishing the works with the RD-171MV engine, the company’s engineers will start digitalizing the RD-191 engine design documentation used for the Angara carrier rocket, the works on which are to be finished in the end of 2020.

RD-171MV is a modernized version of the RD-170/171 engine designed by NPO Energomash in 1976-1986. The modernized engine has already been acknowledged as the world’s most powerful – with its own weight of 10 tons its thrust is more than 800 tons.

NPO Energomash Summed Up the Results of 2018

MOSCOW (Roswcosmos PR) — NPO Energomash held a final meeting on the results of the enterprise in 2018.

In the course of the already traditional final meeting, the main areas of work were reviewed, the results were summarized, and plans for 2019 were outlined. Igor Arbuzov, Director General of NPO Energomash, in his speech noted that in manned programs Russia still maintains a monopoly on the delivery of crews to the International Space Station. Four launches of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle in 2018 provided for a total of 20 engines of NPO Energomash JSC of the RD-107/108 family at the first and second stages. In total, in 2018, Russia carried out 22 launches of launch vehicles (including 3 launches of the Soyuz-ST PH from the spaceport in French Guiana). “24 start-ups were performed using engines developed by NPO Energomash.

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Rogozin Promises Vladimir Putin to Double Launches to 45 This Year

At the meeting with General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: Russian President’s Office)

MOSCOW (President Putin PR) — Vladimir Putin had a meeting with General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin to discuss the performance and development plans for the space industry.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Rogozin, let us discuss the space industry’s performance last year and development plans.

General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin: Mr President,

We were working to improve our performance in three fields. The first had to do with the choice of our development priorities. The second concerned the reduction of non-manufacturing expenses by at least 15 percent and increasing the corporation’s revenue by adopting new competences and entering new markets, about which I would like to speak later. We also needed to dramatically improve production discipline at the corporation and all the subordinate agencies. I have introduced a system of the officials’ personal responsibility for budget execution and have taken measures to reduce the corporation’s budget.

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Russian Rocket Engines Exempted from Sanctions Bill

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

Officials at Orbital ATK and ULA breathed sighs of relief on Thursday as the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to exempt rocket engines from a sanctions bill targeting Iran and Russia.

The amendment to the sanctions measure exempted RD-180 engines used by ULA in the first stage of its Atlas V booster and the RD-181 engines Orbital ATK uses in the first stage of its Antares launch vehicle. Both engines are produced by NPO Energomash of Russia.

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It’s Showtime for Revamped Antares Booster

Antares vertical on the launch pad on Wallops Island. (Credit: Orbital ATK)
Antares vertical on the launch pad on Wallops Island. (Credit: Orbital ATK)

The Antares booster set to lift off on Sunday evening is a re-engineered version of a launch vehicle that exploded spectacularly after launch nearly two years ago.

The key change is the replacement of two Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-26 engines in the first stage with RD-181 engines produced by NPO Energomash of Russia. The new engines are powered by liquid oxygen (LOX) and kerosene.

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Putin Signs Decree Defining Roscosmos Organization

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

MOSCOW — On May 12, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, “On measures for the establishment of the State Corporation for Space Activities Roskosmos”, according to which part of the state corporation will include 46 joint-stock companies and 16 of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise.

 Arrangements for the transfer of shares of companies and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise after incorporation into the ownership of the state corporation “Roscosmos” to be completed by the end of the transitional period, which according to the Federal Law of July 13, 2015 N 215-FZ “On the State Corporation for Space Activities Roskosmos” is five years.
The structure of the state corporation Roscosmos enter the United Rocket and Space Corporation (ACCD), Research Center. Keldysh, JSC RCC Progress ,Information Satellite Systems to them. Academician MF Reshetnev, JSC Corporation Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, FSUE Center for Exploitation of Space Ground-based Infrastructure (TsENKI), FSUE TsNIImash, JSC SRC Makeyev, JSC Corporation Strategic Points of Control, NPO Energomash, OAO RSC Energia and other joint-stock companies and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise.
Complete text of the Russian Federation “On measures for the creation of the State Corporation for Space Activities” Roskosmos “Decree of the President may be on the following link: http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001201605120026











Orbital ATK Receives New Antares Engines; Launch Accident Report Nears Completion

A massive explosion occurred right after the Antares rocket hit the ground.
A massive explosion occurred right after the Antares rocket hit the ground.

Orbital ATK has received the first two Russian-built RD-181 rocket engines for use in the company’s revamped Antares launch vehicle, the TASS news agency reports.

RSC Energia said the engines arrived in the United States on July 16 after being shipped from Russia the previous day. Energia is the managing organization for the engine’s manufacturer, NPO Energomash.

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RSC Energia Seals Deal With Orbital Sciences for Engine Delivery

Energia_logoMOSCOW (RSC Energia PR) –– The President of RSC Energia (which is a part of the United Rocket and Space Corporation) Vladimir Solntsev and General Director of Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) David Thompson  have signed a direct contract for the delivery to the US of engines made by NPO Energomash (a subsidiary of RSC Energia).

The contract value is approximately US$1 billion (the exact figure is a commercial secret). Altogether, Russia is to deliver to the US 60 RD-181 engines – the customer is going to receive the first two engines as early as June 2015. The contract was concluded directly with the Orbital Sciences Corporation.

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Meet RSC Energia’s New President

Vladimir Lvovich Solntsev. (Credit: Energia)
Vladimir Lvovich Solntsev. (Credit: Energia)

Vladimir Lvovich Solntsev

President of S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia

Born: February 8, 1957 in Tula (Russia).

Graduated from Tula Polytechnic Institute and the Russian Academy of Foreign Trade

He began working at Tula Machine-Building Plant, rose through the ranks from a foreman to the Deputy Directior of Finance and Marketing Joint Stock Company Tulamashzavod, Tula.

From 1995 Solntsev worked in the Mezhkombank Group as President of Investment Company Mezhinvest, Director of the Bank Investment Programs Department, then headed the Department for Military-Technical Cooperation SUE Aviation Military-Industrial Complex Sykhoy, Moscow.

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ULA Takes New Delivery of RD-180s as USAF Issues RFI for Replacement

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)
RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

ULA took delivery of two Russian-built RD-180 to power its Atlas V booster this week as the U.S. Air Force issued a request for information (RFI) on possible replacements.

As tensions between the United States and Russia have escalated over Ukraine, ULA has been anxious to demonstrate the crisis will not impact deliveries of the engine from Russian supplier NPO Energomash.

Meanwhile, the Air Force — which is the primary customer for the Atlas V — is looking to ween itself off dependence on the Russian engine.

NASA also launches some of its satellites on the Atlas V. Additionally, two of the three competitors in the space agency’s commercial crew program would use the Atlas V booster to launch their spacecraft.

Earlier this year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin threatened to cut off exports of the engine. He has since backed down from that threat, and ULA officials say it has been business as usual.

Space News reports ULA expects three more engines to be delivered later this year. The company has a contract for the delivery of 27 additional engines through 2017.











NPO Energomash Gets a New Chief Designer

Vladimir Konstantinovich Chvanov (Credit: NPO Energomash)
Vladimir Konstantinovich Chvanov (Credit: NPO Energomash)

MOSCOW (NPO Energomash PR) — On Aug. 4, 2014, at the office of the Acting Executive Director of JSC  NPO Energomash, the company named after academician VP Glushko, appointed first deputy executive director and chief designer of the company – Vladimir Konstantinovich Chvanov.

Vladimir K. Chvanov graduated from the Kuibyshev Aviation Institute, “Aircraft Engines”. He worked his way up from engineer-calculators to first deputy managing director, chief designer of NPO Energomash.

Vladimir Konstantinovich was directly involved in the creation of all the engine modifications I and II rocket stages family R-7 rocket engine for the R-9, the experimental engine using new propellants, RD-120 engine of the second stage of “Zenit”.

With his direct leadership structure designed RD-180 engines for the RN “Atlas” (Done in today 53 completely successful start) and RD-191 rocket “Angara”.

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Embattled RSC Energia President Lopota Suspended from Post

Energia_logoEmbattled RSC Energia President Vitaly Lopota, who is the subject of a criminal investigation for alleged abuse of office, was suspended from his post on Friday by the company’s board of directors, ending a seven-year reign over the space company.

The move appears to be part of an effort by Russia’s government to obtain majority control over Energia, of which it owns a 38-percent share. The directors elected Igor Komarov as its new chairman of the board. Komarov is chief of the Russian United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC), the government-owned company tasked with consolidating Russia’s sprawling space sector.

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Commission Recommends New Domestic Rocket Engine as Congress Provides Funding

Capitol Building
Aviation Week
reports on the impact of Russia banning the export of RD-180 engines for use in the Atlas V rocket:

An influential government commission is recommending the quick start of a new liquid oxygen (LOx)/hydrocarbon engine program not only as a measure to mitigate an Atlas V gap if Russia cuts off its supply of RD-180 engines to the U.S., but also to provide an alternative to the Delta IV in nearly a decade.

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ULA: Judge Lifts Injunction on Russian Engine Buys

ULA_logoPreliminary Injunction Lifted – ULA Purchase of RD-180 Engines Complies with Sanctions

Statement by United Launch Alliance

“The U.S. Court of Federal Claims lifted the preliminary injunction on May 8, 2014. United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) purchase of the RD-180 engines from our suppliers and partners, RD AMROSS and NPO Energomash, clearly complies with the sanctions against Russia.

“The letters submitted by U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce explicitly stated that NPO Energomash is not subject to any of the current sanctions and that ULA’s continued purchase of the RD-180 does not directly or indirectly contravene the Ukraine sanctions.

“Sadly, SpaceX’s frivolous lawsuit caused unnecessary distraction of the executive and judicial branch and increased tensions with Russia during a sensitive national security crisis.

“SpaceX’s actions are self-serving, irresponsible and have threatened the U.S.’s involvement with the International Space Station and other companies and projects working with Russian State entities.

“We continue to hope that SpaceX will revisit its underlying lawsuit and the merits of its case. The fact remains, even today SpaceX is not certified to launch even one mission under the block buy contract — a contract that was authorized and announced more than two years ago, without objection by SpaceX, and is saving the U.S. taxpayers over $4 billion.”











ULA Slams SpaceX for Filing Frivolous Lawsuit During National Security Crisis

ULA_logoULA Statement on Department of Justice
Response to Court of Federal Claims
May 7, 2014

“ULA and the U.S. Department of Justice filed motions to dissolve the preliminary injunction supporting ULA’s earlier statements that the purchase of the RD-180 engines from our suppliers and partners, RD AMROSS and NPO Energomash, does not violate the Ukraine sanctions.

“Unfortunately, SpaceX has made many public but unfounded speculations to create negative perceptions of a competitor solely for purposes of its own self-interest. This frivolous lawsuit caused unnecessary distraction of our executive branch leaders during a sensitive national security crisis.

“The letters from U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce clearly state that NPO Energomash is not subject to any of the current sanctions and that ULA’s continued purchase of the RD-180 does not directly or indirectly contravene the Ukraine sanctions.

“As a result, both ULA and the Department of Justice have requested that the injunction be immediately lifted.”