MOSCOW, November 30. / TASS /. Research on creating a parachute system for reusable space rocket stages is expected to begin as early as 2022, a source from the press service of the holding company Technodinamika (which is part of state-owned technology company Rostec ).
“The holding company will begin research on the creation of the parachute system for the stages of reusable space rockets from 2022. Then, a technical task will be drawn up for the respective R&D work,” said the press service.
Russia is currently developing a new reusable Amur methane rocket system. Russian space company Roscosmos and Progress Space Rocket Center signed a contract last October to design a space rocket system with the reusable Amur rocket first stage fueled by methane. It will be able to carry up to 10.5 tonnes of payload in a low orbit near Earth, compared to 8.5 tonnes carried by Soyuz-2 rockets.
Reusable space rocket stages are a major trend in modern rocket engineering. Today, the reusable stages are part of SpaceX’s Falcon rockets and Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicles in the United States. Reusable rocket systems are also under development in China and Europe.