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Buran RCS
Buran orientation engine
Credit: from Semenov, et. al., Buran, 1995.
Korolev Lox/Kerosene rocket engine. 86.3 kN. Buran OMS and verniers. Out of Production. Buran orbital propulsion system, including 2 x 17D12, 38 x 17D15, 8 x RDMT-200K Isp=362s.

Application: Buran OMS and verniers.

Engine: 230 kg (500 lb). Chamber Pressure: 79.40 bar. Area Ratio: 189. Thrust to Weight Ratio: 38.26. Oxidizer to Fuel Ratio: 2.42.

Status: Out of Production.
Unfuelled mass: 230 kg (500 lb).
Height: 2.27 m (7.44 ft).
Diameter: 1.17 m (3.83 ft).
Thrust: 86.30 kN (19,401 lbf).
Specific impulse: 362 s.
Burn time: 680 s.
First Launch: 1976-88.

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  • Korolev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Korolev Design Bureau, Kaliningrad, Russia. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Lox/Kerosene Liquid oxygen was the earliest, cheapest, safest, and eventually the preferred oxidiser for large space launchers. Its main drawback is that it is moderately cryogenic, and therefore not suitable for military uses where storage of the fuelled missile and quick launch are required. In January 1953 Rocketdyne commenced the REAP program to develop a number of improvements to the engines being developed for the Navaho and Atlas missiles. Among these was development of a special grade of kerosene suitable for rocket engines. Prior to that any number of rocket propellants derived from petroleum had been used. Goddard had begun with gasoline, and there were experimental engines powered by kerosene, diesel oil, paint thinner, or jet fuel kerosene JP-4 or JP-5. The wide variance in physical properties among fuels of the same class led to the identification of narrow-range petroleum fractions, embodied in 1954 in the standard US kerosene rocket fuel RP-1, covered by Military Specification MIL-R-25576. In Russia, similar specifications were developed for kerosene under the specifications T-1 and RG-1. The Russians also developed a compound of unknown formulation in the 1980's known as 'Sintin', or synthetic kerosene. More...

  • Semenov, Yuri P Editor, Raketno-kosmicheskaya korporatsiya 'Energia' imeni S P Koroleva, Moscow, Russia, 1996.
  • Isakowitz, Steven J,, International Reference to Space Launch Systems Second Edition, AIAA, Washington DC, 1991 (succeeded by 2000 edition).
  • Burya article, Lavochkin web site.
  • Haeseler, Dietrich, Information from NPO Energia museum exhibit, Nov. 1992 via Dietrich Haeseler.
  • Smetanin, "IAF-92-862", IAF-Congress , 1992,

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