France, Russia ink deal on rocket launchers

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 15 (AFP) - France and Russia on Tuesday signed a five-year, EUR 200 million (USD 260 million) deal for joint research into a next-generation rocket launcher, the French National Centre for Space Studies(Cnes) said.

PARIS, March 15 (AFP) - France and Russia on Tuesday signed a five-year, EUR 200 million (USD 260 million) deal for joint research into a next-generation rocket launcher, the French National Centre for Space Studies(Cnes) said.

The deal on the so-called Oural project was signed in Paris by Cnes and the Russian space agency Roskosmos, the agency said in a press release.

Scientists from the two countries will build and test prototype engines fuelled by hydrogen, oxygen and methane as well as a first-stage rocket booster that would glide back to Earth after launch so that it can be refuelled for another mission.

© AFP

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