Tests of Angara rocket postponed to 2012 over lack of funds
The test launch of Russia’s new Angara carrier rocket, which had been scheduled for 2011, have been put back by one year due to lack of financing, space agency Roscosmos said on Saturday.
Engine trials were completed earlier this week. The Angara is intended mainly for launch from the Plesetsk space center to reduce Moscow’s dependence on Kazakhstan’s Baikonur, the main launch facility for the current generation of Russian rockets.
Agency chief Anatoly Perminov said the Defense Ministry has had to reduce financing for the project, being developed by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, resulting in delays to the construction of launch facilities.
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