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Orel V6

Oreol Variant 6
Fully reusable vertical takeoff / horizontal landing single stage to orbit launch vehicle. The preferred long-term alternative of the Russian Orel launch vehicle study of the 1990's.

LEO Payload: 10,000 kg (22,000 lb) to a 200 km orbit at 51.00 degrees.

Status: Study 1997.
Gross mass: 930,000 kg (2,050,000 lb).
Payload: 10,000 kg (22,000 lb).
Height: 58.00 m (190.00 ft).
Diameter: 32.00 m (104.00 ft).
Thrust: 12,000.00 kN (2,697,000 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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  • Orel In the late 1990's the Russian space industry undertook the Orel programme to evaluate technology for future launch vehicles. The goals included evaluation of possible concepts for a future Russian launcher, reusable launch vehicle key technology research and analysis of "X-vehicle" flight demonstrators for technology validation. More...
  • Winged In the beginning, nobody (except Jules Verne) thought anybody would be travelling to space and back in ballistic cannon balls. The only proper way for a space voyager to return to earth was at the controls of a real winged airplane. More...

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