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RD-134


Glushko Lox/Kerosene rocket engine. 343 kN. upper stage. Design concept. Isp=357s. Proposed upper stage kerosene engine. Gimbaling +/- 3 degree in two planes. Four chamber s with one common turbopump. Nozzle expansion ratio is 170/0.05=3400.

In 1996 prototype development was estimated to take four years from go-ahead.

Application: upper stage.

Characteristics

Chambers: 4. Engine: 540 kg (1,190 lb). Chamber Pressure: 167.00 bar. Thrust to Weight Ratio: 64.81. Oxidizer to Fuel Ratio: 2.6.

Status: Design concept.
Unfuelled mass: 540 kg (1,190 lb).
Height: 1.60 m (5.20 ft).
Diameter: 2.40 m (7.80 ft).
Thrust: 343.00 kN (77,109 lbf).
Specific impulse: 357 s.

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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Glushko Russian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Glushko Design Bureau, 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...

Bibliography
  • Semenov, Yuri P Editor, Raketno-kosmicheskaya korporatsiya 'Energia' imeni S P Koroleva, Moscow, Russia, 1996.
  • Klepikov, Katorgin, Chvanov, "The New Generation of Rocket Engines, Operating by Ecologically Safe Propellant ...", IAF-Congress Turin, 1997, IAF-97-S.1.03 via Dietrich Haeseler.

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