A heavy rocket “Angara-A5” was successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome

The Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation have successfully carried out the third test launch of the Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicle with the Perseus upper stage and payload, TASS reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Defense. The launch was carried out from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region in the normal mode.

“On Monday, December 27, at 22:00 (Moscow time), a test launch of a heavy class “Angara-A5” with the overall mass model of the payload, “- said in the ministry.

After the launch, the rocket was taken for escort by ground-based means of the Aerospace Forces, the press service added. Later, the Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin congratulated the Aerospace Forces on the successful launch of the Angara.

“I congratulate the command of the Russian Space Forces, the combat crew of the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the management and staff of the Khrunichev Center, NPO Energomash, NPTSAP, TsENKI – on the successful launch of the heavy Angara! Come on, darling! Now we are waiting for the work of the Perseus upper stage developed by RUK Energia, ”Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

On December 24, the launch of the Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome was postponed due to a malfunction, and it was decided to proceed in the same way on December 23; the launch was originally scheduled for this date.

Angara is one of the main long-term construction projects of the Russian space industry in the post-Soviet period. The decision to develop missiles of this family was made back in the 1990s, but the real financing of the project began in 2006. It includes light launch vehicles “Angara-1.2”, heavy – “Angara-A5” and the modernized “Angara-A5M”, as well as increased carrying capacity – “Angara-A5V”. Angara rockets are considered environmentally friendly, as they use kerosene and liquid oxygen instead of toxic heptyl-based fuel.

Last year, the Ministry of Defense ordered from GKNPTs them. Khrunichev (part of Roscosmos), four Angara-A5 launch vehicles. The contract was estimated at over 18 billion rubles. According to the calculations of the department, one such aircraft is capable of putting up to 23 tons of payload into low orbit. The first test launch of the rocket took place on December 23, 2014, the second on December 14, 2020.



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