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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 101
Origin: Russia
Corporations: NPO Energomash
Parent System: RD-180
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1999
Total Production: 161
Family Members: RD-181
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Description: The RD-180 liquid fuel rocket engine was developed by Energomash of Russia to be the first stage for Lockheed Martin's upgraded space launch vehicles Altas III and Atlas V as well as the Rus-M rocket. The new engine is based on the RD-170/171 engines developed to power Energia and Zenit rockets. The RD-180 rocket engine as the first stage of Atlas III/V space launch systems develops between 390 and 424 tons of thrust for 311 to 337 seconds. To do so, it burns a combination of liquid oxygen (LOx) and kerosene in two combustion chambers. Lockheed Martin announced its intention to order at least 101 such engines for use on Atlas III/V.

The RD-180 engine development started in 1994. The first engine burn was completed in summer 1996 and the first full engine burn in April 1997. Between 1997 and 1998 the engine was fired tested in the United States. In spring 1999, the engine completed certification and was ready for integration with the upgraded Atlas III launch vehicle. The first Atlas III rocket with the RD-180 engine at the first stage was launched in May 2000. The engine was certified for use on the Atlas V in summer 2001 with the first flight carried out in August 2002.

RD-180 Applications

Space Systems Atlas III Atlas V Rus-M Yenisei

RD-180 Specifications

Combustion Chambers: 2
Diameter: 3,200 millimeter (126 inch)
Length: 3,600 millimeter (142 inch)
Combustion Chamber Pressure: 272 kg/cm2 (3,870 psi)
Burn Time: 338 second (5.63 minute)
Dry Weight: 5,400 kilogram (11,905 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 5,850 kilogram
Thrust: 424 ton (4,155 kN)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RD-180 News

There are 5 news between
16 Jan 2015 and 12 Mar 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019Russia Unveils RD-171MV Space Rocket Engine
Saturday, February 2, 2019Russia Selects Yenisei Super-Heavy Launch Vehicle for Lunar Missions
Friday, August 17, 2018Russia Might Develop Reusable Rocket for Soyuz-5 Space Launch Vehicle
Saturday, October 15, 2016US to Buy Additional RD-180 and RD-181 Russian Space Rocket Engines
Friday, January 16, 2015Russia, US Sign Contract on RD-181 Rocket Engine Deliveries

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