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Zero-Gravity Experiment


Research to Provide Creation of Recoverable Vehicle with Scientific and Technological Equipment Weight Increased to 400kg for Conducting Zero-Gravity Experiments by Submarine-Launches of the "Volna" Rocket

Tech Area / Field

  • PHY-OTH/Other/Physics
  • SAT-UNM/Unmanned Spacecraft/Space, Aircraft and Surface Transportation

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Makeyev Design Bureau of State Rocket Center, Russia, Chelyabinsk reg., Miass

Project summary

Currently, within the framework of ISTC Project #190/95, a research is conducted to develop, based upon warhead cases that are being decommissioned, a recoverable vehicle weighing 650 kg for accommodating scientific/technological equipment weighing 200...250 kg in a volume of up to 250 liters.

The objective of this project is to make a research in order to provide the creation of a recoverable vehicle with an increased capability of scientific/technological equipment mass and volume while maintaining microgravity, zero-g time, landing velocity values at the same level as they are provided in ISTC Project #190/95.

In the course of the research, the appearance of a new aerodynamically shaped recoverable vehicle should be determined so that the available free spaces of the Volna's payload bay are filled resulting in 2.5...3.0 times increase of the area for scientific/technological equipment module arrangement.

Estimated technical characteristics of the recoverable vehicle are as follows:

mass of the recoverable vehicle - 650...730 kg;

mass of the scientific/technological equipment module - 350...400 kg;

volume of scientific/technological equipment arrangement area - up to 700 liters;

microgravity level - 10-5... 10-6 g; zero-g time - 20...30 min.

While requiring negligible increase in time (6 months) and costs ($0.5 million) for the development, preparation to launch and first launch, project implementation will permit to considerably increase economical efficiency due to increase of scientific/technological equipment mass, to widen the volume of scientific information and to increase the quality of obtained scientific/technology products at commercial submarine-launches of the VOLNA rocket.

Scientific project manager is Igor Ivanovich Velichko, Doctor of Tech. Sc., Constructor General, State Rocket Center "Makeyev Design Bureau".

Project manager is Vladimir Nikolayevich Rudin, Candidate of Tech. Sc., Department Head, State Rocket Center "Makeyev design Bureau".

Participating Organizations:

State Rocket Center "Makeyev Design Bureau", Miass, Chelyabinskaya Oblast.

Project duration: 12 months.

Total estimated cost of the project is US $255000.

The project will be performed using the buildings and facilities of the State Rocket Center "Makeyev Design Bureau".


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