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Russian sounding rocket. The first liquid propellant rocket launched in the Soviet Union, the GIRD-10 used liquid oxygen and alcohol propellants, pressure-fed to the combustion chamber by nitrogen gas.

The Central Committee for the Study of Rocket Propulsion (GIRD) was established in the Soviet Union to develop rocket technology. They launched a series of liquid fuel rockets in the 1930's before many of them ended up in prison during Stalin's purges. Those that survived were released and built the Soviet space and missile programs on the basis of German technology after the war.

Status: Cancelled 1939.
Gross mass: 30 kg (66 lb).
Height: 2.20 m (7.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.40 m (1.31 ft).
Span: 0.38 m (1.23 ft).
Thrust: 686 N (154 lbf).

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  • Korolev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Korolev Design Bureau, Kaliningrad, Russia. More...

  • Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. Web Address when accessed: here.

GIRD-10 Chronology

1933 November 25 - . Launch Vehicle: GIRD-10. FAILURE: Failure.
  • GIRD-10 launch. - . Nation: USSR. Apogee: 0.0800 km (0.0497 mi). Summary: First Soviet liquid-propellant rocket. It reached 80 m altitude before the combustion chamber burned through..

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