COMPETITION: Russia wants to build its own reusable rocket, Roscosmos chief says.

SpaceX has revolutionized the space industry by perfecting its rockets with reusable first stages, making space launches potentially more affordable and more sustainable. Europe has already announced its intentions to jump on the reusable rocket bandwagon with plans to make its own reusable rocket engine, and now Russia has announced its intention to create a reusable rocket as well.

As reported by AFP via phys.org, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, recently shared plans about the agency’s future plans for rockets. “We are making a methane rocket to replace the Soyuz-2,” he said in an interview. The agency intends for the first stage of the new rocket to be reusable for at least 100 launches.

“Of course we are looking at what our American colleagues are doing,” Rogozin said. “But our engineers are trying to take a shortcut — not to repeat what our SpaceX colleagues are doing but surpass them.”

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