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Offline tp1024

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Angara rocket launch costs?
« on: 07/22/2015 12:03 am »
Is there any information at all concerning the launch cost of Angara rockets, or the manufacturing cost of the URMs?

The only things I have found so far is that the Angara 1.2 is supposedly cheaper than Vega. Given current exchange rates, this would put the price below $35mio. This would not be surprising, given that RD-180 engines are sold for $10mio to the USA at a profit. Since URMs essentially consist of half-an-RD-181 plus tanks, the price of manufacture of a URM should be well below $20mio, closer to $10mio.

But are there any credible numbers out there?

Offline arachnitect

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #1 on: 07/22/2015 02:46 am »
Source on $10M RD-180?

OrbATK is paying ~$16M per RD-181.

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #2 on: 07/22/2015 04:38 am »
Source on $10M RD-180?

OrbATK is paying ~$16M per RD-181.
Is that $16m per RD181 or per pair, Antares uses 2 of them.

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #3 on: 07/22/2015 04:47 am »
Source on $10M RD-180?

OrbATK is paying ~$16M per RD-181.
Is that $16m per RD181 or per pair, Antares uses 2 of them.

Per each.

60 engines for ~$1B.

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #4 on: 07/22/2015 05:11 am »
This would not be surprising, given that RD-180 engines are sold for $10mio to the USA at a profit.

http://spacenews.com/russias-interest-in-selling-rocket-engines-to-china-could-add-fuel-to-rd-180-debate/

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ULA buys the engines through Florida-based RD-Amross, a joint venture between Energomash and Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. The rocket engine costs ULA about $25 million, industry sources have said.

Offline tp1024

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #5 on: 07/22/2015 03:28 pm »
This would not be surprising, given that RD-180 engines are sold for $10mio to the USA at a profit.

http://spacenews.com/russias-interest-in-selling-rocket-engines-to-china-could-add-fuel-to-rd-180-debate/

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ULA buys the engines through Florida-based RD-Amross, a joint venture between Energomash and Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. The rocket engine costs ULA about $25 million, industry sources have said.

I've had that figure in mind, but I should have checked where I got this from. It turns out $10mio was the original price of the RD-180, it has risen to $25mio in the meantime.
http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senators-wants-quick-rd-180-replacement-spacex-certification

With that being clear, is there any information about the URM or Angara launch cost as a whole?

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Re: Angara rocket launch costs?
« Reply #6 on: 07/22/2015 05:11 pm »
If I'm not mistaken, current Angara uses NPO Energomash built RD-191. But will move production to Proton-PM in the future. This should decrease the engine cost. You also have to wonder about the RD-0124A. As I understand it it is built in the Voronezh Mechanical Plant, under KbKhA contract, which is itself owned by Khrunichev. So it should be reasonably cheap when serially produced. In fact, they expect Angara-5 five to be cheaper than a Proton-M. Since a Proton-M/Briz-M sells for around 80M or so, and the equivalent Angara-5 has 7 stages (5 x URM-1, 1 x URM-2, 1 x Briz-M). I would guess that an Angara-1.2 should be somewhere under 35M, which is the running Vega price.

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