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    Russia is ready to build a carrier rocket with a reusable stage.

    KUBINKA (Moscow Region), (Sputnik) — Russian propulsion engineering firm Energomash is open to contracts to build partially reusable launch vehicles, the company's chief executive Igor Arbuzov said Friday.

    "If a real customer turns up who will need a [carrier] rocket with a reusable stage – we will make one," Arbuzov told RIA Novosti.

    He added there had been no contracts for rocket stages that can safely return to the Earth after the launch, "although the topic of reusable stages is frequently discussed among chiefs of design bureaus."

    According to Arbuzov, the technology will help preserve costly booster engines that are used in first stages to propel the entire carrier rocket upwards.

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