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An analogue of SpaceX from Russia is testing a hydrogen peroxide rocket engine


World experience of private development companiesreusable spacecraft shows the high efficiency of this area, capable of taking space exploration to a whole new level. The Russian private airline Laros, specializing in the production of sports aircraft, announced in October its ambitious plans to compete with Ilona Mask and develop unique reusable launch vehicles for launching small and nano satellites to suborbital heights.

At the end of this year, developers talked aboutsuccesses achieved in the development of spacecraft. The head of Laros Oleg Larionov said that a rocket engine, test prototypes of which are being prepared for the near future, use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide with aviation kerosene in a ratio of 9 to 1 as fuel.

The first fire tests of a prototype engine ontest bench will be held in early 2020. The power of the experimental prototype will be 20 kg. In the future, it is planned to create engines with a traction force of 500 kg, intended for installation on the LAROS-RN1 rocket. At the initial announcement of plans to compete with Elon Mask, Laros developers stated that the reusable launch vehicle would be launched from a mobile car launcher, similar to a launcher designed for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The company's future plans include developmentmore powerful engines with a thrust of up to 2.5 tons. Parts of the power plant will be manufactured using 3D printing. The LAROS-RN1 rocket is designed to reach a suborbite up to 130 km high, and its launch is scheduled for next year. A more powerful LAROS-RN2 rocket will be able to launch satellites to a height of up to 500 km.