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The head of Roscosmos spoke about plans to update the fleet of launch vehicles

MOSCOW, February 19 Roscosmos plans to renew its fleet of launch vehicles at the turn of 2028-2029, the head of the state corporation said in an interview with the Pro Cosmos portal Yuri Borisov.
“We need a cheap, cost-effective carrier to replace the Semerka (R-7), and, as I already said, Amur-LNG is planning to develop it. In addition, we are working on ultra-light carriers… I hope that where “at the turn of 2028-2029, we will renew the fleet of launch vehicles and will be able to restore our position in the global launch services market,” Borisov said.
In 2023, Russia carried out 19 space launches, seven of which were carried out by the Ministry of Defense. In 2022 there were 22 (12 military), in 2021 – 25 (5).

The design of the Russian reusable methane rocket “Amur-LNG” started at the request of Roscosmos in 2020. This should be a two-stage medium-class rocket, the first launch of which from the Vostochny Cosmodrome was originally planned for 2026. The carrier must have a reusable (up to 50 times according to technical specifications) returnable first stage, equipped with RD-0169 engines that run on oxygen and liquefied natural gas (methane).

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