Kuznetsov visited by a delegation from Aerojet and Orbital Sciences

A delegation from Aerojet and Orbital Sciences (USA) has begun working at the Kuznetsov factory. The primary goal of the visit to the Samara company is to discuss issues of technical assistance from specialists from the factory’s project to adapt the NK-33/AJ26 engine for the RN Taurus II (Antares), the launch of which is planned for early 2013.

As a result of the cooperation there will be a number of important technical solutions, including transition to mass production of the NK-33 engines at the Kuznetsov factory.

Last week the company successfully tested an NK-33 engine. This is one more engine in the unique series of ‘moon engines, which were developed by the company in the 1970s and are getting a new lease on life. The engine successfully functioned for the designated amount of time — 40 seconds  and at present is undergoing procedures to be processed before delivery to the customer.

As is widely known, the NK-33 engine was originally intended for the Soviet manned lunar rocket the N1-L3. In 1974, political events led to the closure of the N1 project. Interest from foreign partners in the lunar project was aroused in 1991, when the 4-phase NK engines from N1-L3 were presented at the international To the Stars Forum in Moscow.

The NK-33 engine remains the best engine of its class. Out of the basic machine qualities, it has a high degree of reliability, efficiency, record light weight, simple construction, and moderate power density.

Kuznetsov is one of the largest companies in aviation and space engine construction. The companys engines are used to launch manned space vessels Vostok, Voskhod, and Soyuz, and the automated freight transport vessel Progress. The company is one of the main producers of engines for domestic strategic aviation, gas transportation stations, and thermal power plants. It is a part of the United Engine Corporation.

Russian Technologies is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations, 12 of which are holdings forming in the military-industrial complex, and five  in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. The CEO is Sergei Viktorovich Chemezov. The net profit in 2011 was 1.55 billion rubles, and tax contributions to all budgets were 100 billion rubles.