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Kosberg Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 1576 kN. Design concept 1990's. Proposed variant of the RD-0120 engine using liquid methane instead of hydrogen as propellant. Isp=363s.

Engine: 2,370 kg (5,220 lb). Chamber Pressure: 172.50 bar. Thrust to Weight Ratio: 67.8. Oxidizer to Fuel Ratio: 3.4.

Status: Design concept 1990's.
Unfuelled mass: 2,370 kg (5,220 lb).
Thrust: 1,576.00 kN (354,298 lbf).
Specific impulse: 363 s.

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  • Kosberg Russian manufacturer of rocket engines. Kosberg Design Bureau, Russia. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Lox/LCH4 Liquid oxygen was the earliest, cheapest, safest, and eventually the preferred oxidiser for large space launchers. Its main drawback is that it is moderately cryogenic, and therefore not suitable for military uses where storage of the fuelled missile and quick launch are required. Liquid methane has been proposed as a propellant by the Russians. More...

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