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MR-30 / MN-300

MR-30 [D. Komar]

The MR-30 single stage sounding rocket is a successor to the MR-20 sounding rocket. It can carry a payload of 150 kg to a height of 300 km.

The basis of the complex MR-30 is a new geophysical sounding rocket MN-300 with solid propellant. Rocket launch takes place at an angle of 70 to 90 from the launcher, which is a truss structure with a guide rail type required for imparting initial rotation rocket. The Rocket is spin stabilized with a spin rate between 5 and 7 Hz. Launch weight is 1564 kg, and the mass of the payload of 50 to 150 kg. MR-300 is capable of lifting up to 300 km, while the area of dispersion points for booster falling is an ellipse with parameters 37 × 60 km. The payload of the rocket MN-300 consists of two sections: a sealed, located below the instrument compartment, and not sealed, under the fairing.

The first test flight was successfully performed in December 2011 from Kapustin Yar. A flight in 2014 failed, although it apparently reached nearly full height. A MN-300 was launched in September 2015 from Tiksi.

A two stage micro-launcher version, capable of placing a modest 15 kg payload into a low orbit is planned.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
MR-30 MR-30 -
MN-300 MR-30 -
MN-300 (Orbital) MR-30 Stage 2
No:  TypNo Type:           Date:          LS        Payload

 1      1  MR-30           19.12.2011 *   KY        ?
 2      2  MR-30           31.05.2012 *   KY        ?
 3      3  MR-30           26.03.2014 *p  KY        ?
 4      1  MN-300          03.09.2015 *   Tik       ?


Launch sites:

KY  = Kapustin Yar (GTsP-4, GTsMP-4), Volgograd, Russia Russia
Tik = Tiksi Hydrometeorological Observatory, Sakha Republic, Russia Russia

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