Russia will launch the first partially reusable carrier rocket in four years time
The first stage will lift the second stage and payload to a height of 59−66 kilometres and then return to a launch area where it will land on an ordinary runway. For that, a rectangular large span swing wing and a classic tail unit will slide out of the first stage after the stages are separated. A modified mass production turbojet engine will also be used during a return flight to a launch site.
The rocket will be designed for placing payload with weight of up to 600 kilograms into the Sun-synchronous orbit. Preliminary calculations show that the cost of placement of one kilogram of payload by such a reusable system will be 1.5−2 times lower than by a conventional ultra-light carrier rockets.