Modernization of the EDB Fakel test facilities

February 24, 2022, Kaliningrad. In the framework of the modernization of EDB Fakel  test facilities (a part of JSC NPO Energomash rocket engine manufacturing integrated structure of the Roscosmos state corporation) a new stationary cryogenic tank for storage and supply of liquid nitrogen was installed on the enterprise’s vacuum test stand. Now the vacuum test stand can operate autonomously and have its own modern and technologically advanced system for storing and supplying liquid nitrogen.

Kirill Savchenko, Deputy Chief Designer on Testing: “The new equipment will increase the reliability of the test facilities of EDB Fakel. Due to the use of modern technologies, including isolating materials, the cryogenic tank will permit to store safely up to 45 tons of liquid nitrogen. The installation of the cryogenic tank was carried out jointly with the manufacturer, an expert and installation organization, as well as specialists from the EDB Fakel test department.

At present, twenty vacuum chambers are installed at EDB Fakel. This equipment makes it possible to perform climatic and cyclic thermal tests, mechanical tests, thermal vacuum and firing tests in conditions close to the vacuum of space.

JSC EDB Fakel (a part of the state corporation Roscosmos) is one of the leading enterprises in development of electric propulsion systems and thermal catalytic propulsion systems operating using Hydrazine. Fakel has a production experience in serial and mass delivery of thrusters both in commercial and state market segments. The share of the thrusters production in the world for spacecraft is about 10%. More than 70 Russian spacecraft (more than 60% of the Russian orbital constellation) and 30 Western spacecraft are equipped with thrusters developed and produced by EDB Fakel. Today EDB Fakel’s partners are ISS Reshetnev, RSC Energia, Khrunichev State Research and Production Center, Lavochkin Research and Production Association, Research and Production Corporation VNIIEM, Maxar (USA), Airbus, TAS (France), MELСO (Japan), IAI (Israel), OHB (Sweden).

 JSC NPO Energomash is the world leader in development of powerful liquid rocket engines for space launch vehicles. NPO Energomash has the unique family of liquid rocket engines with the thrust range from 60 up to 1000 tf, which can meet the needs of various class launch vehicles developers. Established in 1929. Awarded with the Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner of Labor and Order of the October Revolution.

ROSCOSMOS is the state corporation established in August 2015 for a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry of Russia. ROSCOSMOS ensures performance of the state policy in space industry and normative regulation. ROSCOSMOS also places orders for development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructural objects. In addition, one of its functions is to develop international co-operation in space industry and provide conditions to use the results of the space activities for a social and economic progress of Russia.

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