Angara Prepped for Launch in Second Quarter

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After nearly 20 years of development, Russians new Angara rocket is on track to make its inaugural flight sometime during the second quarter of this year. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke confidently of the rocket’s future as he toured the Plesetsk Cosmodrome where the launch vehicle is being prepped for the mission.

“The rocket has been designed and produced entirely by domestic companies and uses environmentally-friendly propellants,” Medvedev said during a tour of Russia’s northern Plesetsk space center.

He noted that the Angara rocket was a great achievement for Russia’s aerospace industry, one that would secure access to space in the future for both government and civilian payloads….

The Angara is planned to launch from both Plesetsk and the new Vostochny space center in Russia’s Far East that is being built to reduce reliance on the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan.

The modular launcher will have a variety of configurations to cover a wide range of payload weights, from two to 24.5 metric tons. They are currently served by several different rockets, including the Proton, Russia’s largest booster.

The Angara has been under development since 1995. Its maiden flight has been postponed many times due to delays in testing, production and the development of launch facilities at Plesetsk.

  • windbourne

    Great. Go Russia.
    However, it does not say which version is launching. Is it just 1.1?
    In addition, I am curious if they are going to use SpaceX’s trick of sharing the fuel amongst the stages and being able to lose them?
    For example, they have A3 and A5. Will the A5 share the fuel from 2 of them, then the next 2, and then the final one?

  • Pete Zaitcev

    It’s a special one-off version A1.2PP, intended merely to test various systems for the A5, which is the only version in which the customer — the Russian military — is insterested. The A1.1 is officially dead, and A1.2 is theoretically on offer, as soon as a sucker is found to pay for it insteado of any number of small launchers (like Khrunichev’s own Rokot).

  • windbourne

    thanx.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Are some ideas for Angara 7P? Also already cancelled?

  • Pete Zaitcev

    I don’t think 7P was realistic to begin with, considering that 5P is enough to boost Soyuz around the moon even without an EDS. It was useful for PPTK-L. The plain 7 is still in the catalog, but here’s the problem: 7 and 7P require a whole new launch pad. Until that is decided, both remain paper rockets, in my opinion. Do keep in mind that I’m not Zak and not even Oberg, however.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Thanks, I am asking for Angara 7, because the vehicle would give Russia the chance to launch its own planetary flyby-mission, to Venus for example. A combination of modifiied Soyuz craft and a MKM-1 (ISS) module, stripped by what it is required and modified by a lift-support system. In total 14-15 tons mass. Let us propose it to Putin! 🙂