Hydrogen Peroxide - Propulsion & Power History

Soviet Union/Russia (1945 - present)

General Information:

Although Russia has probably consumed more hydrogen peroxide in rocket applications than all other countries combined very little is know about their applications. The best know application is for the gas generators driving the LOX/kerosene pumps on Vostok/Soyuz/Molniya launch vehicles (RD-107/108 engines). Across the life of these vehicles over 25 million pounds of hydrogen peroxide have been sucessfully used. Other hydrogen peroxide applications include: torpedoes, small control thrusters, settling thrusters and the experimental RD-502 (hydrogen peroxide and pentaborane) (Ref 1 & 2).

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1) Sutton, George P., History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, 2006 Edition, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Virginia


2) Wernimont, Eric J., Ventura, Mark C., "Review of US Historical Rocket Propellants: Accidents, Mishaps & Fatalities", 43rd AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, AIAA-2007-5648, Cincinnati, OH 2007.


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