owais.usmani wrote:Looks like Rogozin is aspiring to become the Elon Musk of Russia, not good for Russian space program.
I think building a clean sheet rocket design with methane engines would take up so much time and money that they would ultimately abandon the idea. Russia's best and quickest bet for coming up with a super rocket is to complete Soyuz 5 asap and then strap multiple Soyuz 5 cores together to form the first stage of the HLV, all using RD-171.
Looks like PD is right about Rogozin. Starting basically from scratch with methane is an incredible waste of resources.
Nothing demands that the LNG rocket models have to take priority and cannot be a longer term thing. It is not a
zero sum game.
The comparison to the Su-57 is not valid. LNG gives less value in terms of propulsion. Developing multi-use engines
will not be prevented by not pursuing this clean sheet design.
Russia needs a Zenit replacement now and not 15 years from now. The Yanisei was basically a windfall from this
project. Putin needs to recall Rogozin, he is going off the sanity reservation. Russia's space program is diseased
with red director morons fcuking everything up.