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Manufacturer Name: RD-103. Government Designation: 8D52. Other Designations: 8D71. Designer: Glushko. Developed in: 1947-53. Application: R-5. Propellants: Lox/Alcohol Thrust(vac): 51,000 kgf. Thrust(vac): 500.00 kN. Isp: 243 sec. Isp (sea level): 216 sec. Burn time: 120 sec. Mass Engine: 870 kg. Diameter: 1.6 m. Length: 3.1 m. Chambers: 1. Chamber Pressure: 23.90 bar. Country: Russia. Status: Out of Production. First Flight: 1953. References: 225 , 319 , 323 , 394 .

Final extrapolation of the V-2 rocket engine in Russia. Designer at OKB-456 was V A Vitkin. Glushko states 'thus ended the German page' of German engine technology in the USSR (this ignores the fact that the German ED-140 design provided the basis for the entire next generation of Soviet rocket engines). The engine introduced automatic thrust regulation in flight, a feature first advocated by Groettrup's German team for the G-1 engine.


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