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Russians Prepare to Conduct Engine Tests for Soyuz Light Rocket

Roscosmos reports that engineers are preparing for a series of test firings on the first stage of the new Soyuz-2.1v rocket. Also known as Soyuz-1, this is a stripped down “light” version of the venerable rocket without any strap-on boosters that uses a different first-stage engine, the NK-33. The two-stage booster is based upon the Soyuz-2.1b, sharing the rocket’s RD-0124 second stage engine. The new rocket, set to debut later […]

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  • January 11, 2012
Russia to Debut Soyuz Light Booster By 2012

RIA Novosti reports that Russia will debut a new version of its venerable Soyuz rocket next year that will launch lighter payloads into orbit. The rocket will be a modification of the standard booster, with the following features: removal of booster rockets use of NK-33 rocket engines on the first stage identical second stage payload capacity of 2.85 tons (6,300 lb) to 200-kilometer orbit. Launches will be carried out from […]

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  • April 22, 2011
Aerojet Signs Deal to Expand Production of Rocket Engine Used in Orbital’s Taurus II Booster

Artist's conception of Obital Sciences Corporation's Taurus II rocket set for launch at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia.


Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and its Russian partner United Engine Corporation (UEC), announced today the signing of a cooperation agreement regarding their next steps in the companies’ cooperative efforts to provide NK-33 and AJ26 rocket engines to the commercial launch market.


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  • April 28, 2010