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Questions tagged [energia]

Energia was a Soviet rocket that was designed by NPO Energia to serve as a heavy-lift expendable launch system as well as a booster for the Buran spacecraft.

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Why do rockets not glide back?

After stage separation, why do the rockets not glide back to Earth with wings? Is retro propulsion a better idea than gliding rockets back to 'Earth'? Take Energia-II as an example: Source: buran.ru ...
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Could the Space Shuttle orbiter have used the Energia HLLV (used by Buran)?

I would like to know if the Space Shuttle orbiters would have been capable of utilizing the Energia Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLLV) used by the Buran instead of the External tank/SRB configuration. ...
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Gravitational forces affecting acceleration on a space ship with artificial gravity [closed]

I and my brother are having an argument on gravity on a space ship. For this argument lets say, you are in a void. There are no outside gravity forces, ie planets or solar systems in the near region. ...
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Polyus system questions

I've been looking into the polyus laser system launched (almost!) by energia at the end of the cold war by the USSR. I've read on astronautix and wiki that this massive 80 ton vehicle was a tks ...
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How did Energia Buran handle center of mass during flight?

The American STS Space Shuttle had the engines that provided a large portion of its thrust mounted directly on the shuttle itself. The Space Shuttle Main Engines (...