Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities has begun work on its new Soyuz-6 carrier rocket, which will be created using the Soyuz-5 launch vehicle as its base.
According to TASS, Roscosmos, the Samara-based Progress Space Centre of the Russian Federation, which is responsible for space flights, cosmonautics programs, and aerospace research, has been working jointly with Energia Space Rocket Corporation on the conceptual design of the Soyuz-6.
The Press Office of Progress Space Rocket Centre, while speaking about the rocket, said – “This year, the Progress Space Rocket Centre is being involved in the work to develop materials of a scientific and technical report on the Soyuz-6 carrier rocket. The conceptual design of the launch vehicle is being worked out jointly with the main contractor, the Energia Space Rocket Corporation,”
The rocket’s conceptual designing is planned after the federal space agency Roscosmos studies the scientific and technical report on the space rocket system with the Soyuz-6 carrier rocket.”
Once the work on the Soyuz-6 rocket is finished, it will be followed up by flight tests of the rocket, which are due to begin at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2025.
According to Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin, the new Soyuz-6 carrier rocket, which may get the name of Amur, may be tested at the first launch site of the Baikonur Spaceport (the ‘Gagarin Start’ launchpad).
The Soyuz family if Russian expendable launch systems, which are developed by OKB-1 and manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Centre in Samara, are the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world, with over 1,700 flights since its debut in 1966.