So, one of the main competitors – the American Falcon rocket, manufactured by Space X, will start for just $ 60 million. The Russian response will be the Soyuz-5.1 rocket, which is developed exclusively on the initiative of the Progress Collective of the RCC.
As promises deputy. chief designer Dmitry Baranov, the novelty will meet the following requirements: carrying capacity – more than 9 tons, reliability – no worse than the predecessor of the Soyuz-2.1 missile and the launch price – within $ 50 million. The “set” will include the “Fregat” upper stage, launches will be carried out from the “Vostochny” cosmodrome.
The new rocket will fly on natural gas and will later become a replacement for the Angara. On the basis of “Union-5.1” it is planned to develop a whole series of carriers of various classes.