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#1 2006-01-23 22:27:43

From: Purdue University
Registered: 2004-04-04
Posts: 237

Re: Status of the RS-83?

I know it has been mentioned several times that a lighter RS-68 with a regenerative engine bell, especially since there seems to be problems streamlining the RS-25 (aka SSME) for expendable use and airstart.

I know that during the days of SLI Rocketdyne was working on an enhanced version of the RS-68 for resuability dubbed the RS-83. From what I gathered it had a regenerative nozel, and turbopumps that were designed for reuse as well as acess ports?

Does anyone know how far they got on this engine development? Would it be able to be revived for VSE if nasa comes to it's senses and stops pursuing the J2-S?


#2 2006-01-27 16:43:53

From: Alabama
Registered: 2005-02-24
Posts: 682

Re: Status of the RS-83?

I can't anser your uestion about the big engines99but J2 seems to be the winner for the stick99and CEV looks to use the simpler, more reliable hypergolics now.

More and more like Apollo everyday.


#3 2006-01-28 08:59:34

From: Earth
Registered: 2003-10-14
Posts: 6,056

Re: Status of the RS-83?

I assume that all projects under the SLI umbrella have been canceld some time ago. The USAF is still working half-heartedly on a sucessor to SSME for booster applications last I knew, but that isn't in the cards on "short notice" like this.

For TheStick, it really does come down to the SSME or the J-2S it seems. If NASA can't figure out how to make a simplified version to make the big HLLV economical, then they have even less reason to try and use it for the TheStick, especially since they're building the uprated SRB and J-2S anyway for the heavy lifter.

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