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NII Mash GOX/Alcohol rocket engine. 2.6 kN. Developed 1980's. Experimental low-thrust thruster. Isp=270s.

Engine: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Thrust to Weight Ratio: 53.

Status: Developed 1980's.
Unfuelled mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb).
Thrust: 2.60 kN (585 lbf).
Specific impulse: 270 s.

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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NII Mash Russian manufacturer of rocket engines. NII Mash, Russia. More...

Associated Propellants
  • GOX/Alcohol Gaseous oxygen is used as an oxidiser in Russian thrusters for orbital maneuvering and orientation. It is a by-product of liquid oxygen, used in the main engine, and slowly boiling off over time. Alcohol (C2H5OH) was the fuel used for the German V-2 rocket, and the first derivative rocket engines in the United States, Soviet Union, and China used it as well. Better performance was achieved by increasing the alcohol concentration in the post-war engines. But after better-performance rocket-grade kerosene was developed by Rocketdyne in the REAP program of 1953, use of alcohol was abandoned. More...

  • Haeseler, Dietrich, Datasheets from NII Mashinostroeniye, Nishnaya Salda, 1992 via Dietrich Haeseler.

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