View Full Version : Russia Considering Rocket-Powered Precision Landing for Next Generation Spacecraft

2009-Apr-29, 07:30 PM
Engineers for Russia’s next-generation manned space vehicle are considering a rocket-powered landing system which would provide precision landing on Earth. Currently, the Soyuz uses small solid propellant motors to soften its touchdown, but the ship’s parachute plays the main role in providing the vehicle and crew with a safe landing. Russia is developing [...]

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2009-May-01, 07:01 PM

The earlier VA

2009-May-02, 12:20 AM
If I remember right, the Russians have had a couple of capsules rough up the passengers when they landed and the last-second retrorockets didn't work properly.

When you give up on the parachutes entirely, you better make sure that NOTHING goes wrong or you're just going to be covering over the crater....