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Riksha


Russian orbital launch vehicle. New design launch vehicle based on SLBM technology.

LEO Payload: 1,700 kg (3,700 lb) to a 200 km orbit. Payload: 1,160 kg (2,550 lb) to a 1000 km orbit.

Status: Design 1994.
Payload: 1,700 kg (3,700 lb).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • 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. More...
  • RD-190 Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 1000 kN. Riksha-0 stage 1. Developed 1996-. The RD-190 consists of 6 RD-169 engines. Each chamber can be gimbaled individually in two planes by +/- 8 degree. Isp=351s. More...
  • RD-184 Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. Developed 1996-on. Isp=322s. Attitude correction engine for apogee stage of Riksha-1 launcher project (together with RD-183). Gimbaling +/- 20 degree in two planes. More...
  • RD-169 Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 167 kN. Riksha-0 stage 1. Design concept 1990's. Isp=351s. LOX/Methane engine derived from RD-120. Gimbaling +/- 8 degree in two planes. In 1996 prototype development was estimated to take four years from go-ahead. More...
  • RD-185 Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 179 kN. Riksha-0 stage 2. Developed 1996-. Isp=378s. Upper stage version of RD-169 with larger nozzle. Gimbaling +/- 4 degree in two planes. More...
  • RD-182 Glushko Lox/LCH4 rocket engine. 902 kN. Riksha (-1, -2) stage 1. Developed 1994-. Isp=353s. Methane variant of RD-120K engine. Thrust range and Isp range due to throat diameter and chamber pressure. Gimbaling +/- 6 degree in two planes. More...

See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Makeyev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Makeyev Design Bureau, Kolomna, Russia. More...

Bibliography
  • Placard, TsNIIMASH Museum,

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