VORONEZH, August 13. / Correspondent. Itar-Tass Hotz /
The successful testing of a new liquid-propellant rocket engine RD-0124 held today at the Voronezh Chemical Automatics Design Bureau.
This engine will be installed on the third step of the new Russian carrier rocket "Soyuz-2-1b" and ensure its launch into space in December 2011 with the unit for the GLONASS system. Told reporters in Voronezh was present during the test head of the Federal Space Agency Vladimir Popovkin.
Oxygen-kerosene RD-0124 engine with a thrust of 30 tons is designed for launch vehicle "Soyuz-2-1b", developed in the "Progress Samara Space Center." It allows you to increase the capacity missiles almost one ton. According to its characteristics of RD-0124 is superior to all similar oxygen-kerosene engines that exist in the world.
He became the first post-Soviet history of engines produced for the Russian media.
RD-0124 will also be used to track the carrier rocket "Soyuz-2-1b" and as part of the rocket "Soyuz-ST-B", which is scheduled to carry on joint Russian-French program from Kourou in Guiana Space Center. In addition, in a modified form RD-0124 will be used as part of a family of new launch vehicles "Angara" development Khrunichev Khrunichev.