First Angara Rocket on Pad for Friday Test Launch

Angara-1.2 launch vehicle on pad at Plesetsk. (Credit: Khrunichev)
Angara-1.2 launch vehicle on pad at Plesetsk. (Credit: Khrunichev)

PLESETSK, Russia, June 25, 2014 (Khrunichev PR) – Today the first integrated launch vehicle of the Angara-1.2 family  was transferred to the launch complex at the MoD State Testing Cosmodrome (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Archangelsk Region. Angara-1.2ML (“Maiden Launch”) was installed on the launch pad.

The go-ahead for the roll-out was given by the State Commission for Flight Testing of Spacecraft Launch Systems at its meeting on Tuesday, June 24.

The launch of the light-lift Angara-1.2ML is scheduled for June 27 and begins the flight tests of launch vehicles belonging to the latest Russian space rocket complex, Angara.

The purpose of the Angara-1.2ML launch is injecting Stage 2 and a mass/dimensional dummy payload, the latter not to be separated, to a ballistic trajectory. The stack is subsequently expected to reach its targeted impact area in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Angara Launch Vehicle Family

The Angara Space Launch System represents the next-generation modularized launch vehicles that will be built around two common rocket common core boosters (CCBs) using oxygen-kerosene engines URM 1 and URM 2, respectively.

The Angara product line includes lightweight to heavy-lift launchers featuring LEO payload capabilities of 3.8 MT to 35 MT (Angara A7).

The LOX/kerosene common core booster (CCB or URM) is a wholesome structure that includes an oxidizer tank, a fuel tank (both tanks being coupled by a spacer) and a propulsion bay.

Each CCB is fit with one RD 191 high-power liquid engine. This engine is being developed on the basis of (1) the four-chamber engine used earlier by the Energia launch vehicle and (2) the RD 170/171 engine still in operation on the Zenit LV.

One CCB (URM) is used by the light-weight Angara 1.2 LV. The maximum number of CCBs is seven (Angara А7).

A prototype of Angara’s first stage, URM-1, has been flight-tested on three occasions (2009, 2010, 2013) as part of Korea’s KSLV-1.

Angara 1.2 will use Breeze-KM as its upper stage. (This upper stage has been successfully tested in combination with Rockot, a conversion- program launcher.). Angara A5 will use Breeze-M or KVTK as its upper stage.

The high degree of modularity combined with the unique design solutions employed would allow any member of the Angara family to be launched from the same pad.

Editor’s Note: Finally, Khrunichev has a mission in which slamming the payload into the ground won’t count as a failure. C’mon guys, you certainly know how to do this. Don’t screw it up!

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  • windbourne

    LOL. Love the note.

    Common Russia, you can make this work.
    Time for a space race to start.
    That will force the GOP to finally allow and even encourage all of the private space to get moving.

  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    Why? Just asking.

  • windbourne

    For the last 20 years, Russia has come up with all sorts of ideas, etc. They have pursued little of it. Successfully developing and building a new launch vehicle, esp. one that will be more economical than most others, save SpaceX, As such, the GOP is going to sit up and take notice of this. Or at least I hope that they will.

  • Stuart

    I’m not to worried about a race, I just want to see the launch go without a hiccup, in the long run we’re all in this together.

  • therealdmt

    “The LOX/kerosene common core booster (CCB or URM) is a wholesome structure…”

    Well, that’s comforting. 🙂

    On the other hand, that launch tower looks positively evil!

  • Kapitalist

    I don’t see anything with Angara which will revolutionize space flight. 1980s type architecture, 24 tons to LEO and later maybe a 40 ton version. It’s an overdue modernization of current capabilities. Hopefully it will make the launch system cheaper, but it will hardly lead the cost competition without any reuseability. Its goals are basically political, to keep Russia self sufficient wrt launch vehicles.

    But long term it is valuable that the Russian know how is maintained after 25 miserable space years, and more competition doesn’t hurt (anyone but ULA and Arianespace).

  • Sylvain

    Angara 5, Angara 7, Common Core Boosters seems very familiar to me. Oh wait!
    Neptune 5, Neptune 5, Common Propulsion Module. All that seems very similar to Interorbital Systems work. Coincidence? Maybe not.
    But it is not the same market… for now.

  • windbourne

    There are several ways to drop costs.
    SpaceX is using 2 of these:
    1) manufacture at a high rate so that you can drop the price / unit. SpaceX does it by building cores with 9 engines and then have 1 or 3 cores. Angara does it by building the same core with 1, 3, 5, or 7 cores
    2) re-use the equipment. SpaceX is near to having that. No doubt Russia will look at this down the road.

  • windbourne

    why worry about a race. It will help the pols to be in one.

  • windbourne

    Darth would agree.

  • Paul451

    Expecting reality to change the talking points of bought politicians? [Laughs] Rookie mistake.

    “This merely proves that America can no longer afford the expensive distraction of subsidising inexperienced ego-driven companies, and that NASA must focus solely on its core competencies through SLS in order to ensure the return of America to supremacy in space!”