Soyuz-U carrier rocket launches with Samara engines

The engines made by Kuznetsov  RD-107A/RD-108A, installed on the first and second stages of the Soyuz-U carrier rocket, again provided a successful launch.

The launch took place today at 19:25 Moscow Time, from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The Progress M-23M freight vessel will deliver more than 2.5 of cargo to the International Space Station, including scientific equipment, fuel to support the stations orbit, food, water, and air for the astronauts.

Kuznetsov is one of the largest companies making aviation and space engines. It is part of the United Engine Corporation. Founded in 1958, the company is the only manufacturer of the RD-107/108 units and modifications, which are installed in the first and second stages of Soyuz type carrier rockets.

The United Engine Corporation is a subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies  selectors of the industry. One of UECs priority areas of business is implementing a comprehensive program of development for companies, including the newest technology, meeting international standards.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted engine-building group, founded in 2002. It is part of State Corporation Rostech. Its main areas of business are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine building (UEC), and other assets.

State Corporation Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to support the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civilian and military applications. It includes 663 organizations, which presently include eight holding companies in the military-industrial complex and five in civilian industries. Rostech companies are spread across 60 subjects of the Russian Federation and deliver products to market in more than 70 countries. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.

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