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Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN
Moscow, 9 July: Leading Russian rocket manufacturers are working on the design of reusable space launch vehicles, Gennadiy Raykunov, director-general of the Central Machine-Building Research and Development Institute [Russian acronym TsNIIMash], has told Interfax-AVN.
"It will be a relatively long time before such systems start to be used. It will not be before 2025-2030, maybe even not before 2035," Raykunov pointed out.
With regard to the advantages of reusable launch vehicles compared with expendable ones, he said that "it will no longer be necessary to expend such quantities of …