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RD-183


Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 9.8 kN. Developed 1996-. Isp=360s. Main engine for apogee stage of Riksha-1 launcher project. Gimbaling +/- 10 degree in two planes. Nozzle expansion ratio is 75/0.055=1364.

In 1996 prototype development was estimated to take four years from go-ahead.

Application: Riksha (-0, -1, -2) apogee stage.

Characteristics

Engine: 60 kg (132 lb). Chamber Pressure: 73.50 bar. Thrust to Weight Ratio: 16.65. Oxidizer to Fuel Ratio: 3.4.

Status: Developed 1996-.
Unfuelled mass: 60 kg (132 lb).
Height: 1.15 m (3.77 ft).
Diameter: 0.31 m (1.01 ft).
Thrust: 9.80 kN (2,203 lbf).
Specific impulse: 360 s.
First Launch: 1996-.

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Riksha Russian orbital launch vehicle. New design launch vehicle based on SLBM technology. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Glushko Russian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Glushko 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...

Bibliography
  • Klepikov, Katorgin, Chvanov, "The New Generation of Rocket Engines, Operating by Ecologically Safe Propellant ...", IAF-Congress Turin, 1997, IAF-97-S.1.03 via Dietrich Haeseler.

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