- Volume 6 Issue 2
Since the successful launch of Sputnik 1, a rocket engine was evolved rapidly. The first artificial satellite Sputnik has only 182 lb mass with a size of a basket ball, a modern artificial satellite is over 10 tons. As the size and the mass of an artificial satellite increases, the stronger launch vehicles are required. However, the story is different in the field of the rocket engine development. In the early to mid age of the space race, rocket engine study was focused on the stronger and bigger engine development, but from the 80's the tide has changed. A rocket engine must be strong and also economic. This trend was accelerated from when a rocket launch was used commercially. In this study, a capability of the launch vehicle and engine was investigated to provide a reference for a liquid rocket engine development plan.