The chief of the agency, Dmitry Rogozin said, Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 rockets that Russian Space Agency Roscosmos is designing will successfully compete with US launch vehicles.
“These launch vehicles will be in high demand, able to compete on the market, they will be ready to go toe-to-toe with any American or some other manufacturer,” Rogozin said in a video published by Roscosmos.
Soyuz-5 has been under development since 2016 to replace Zenit rockets. Its first launch, originally planned for 2022, was recently rescheduled for 2023.
Soyuz-5 will use RD-180 engine for its first stage instead of RD-171 like Soyuz-5.
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