Angara-A5 Rolled Out to Launch Pad at Plesetsk Cosmodrome

First Angara-A5 launch vehicle rolled out to the pad. (Credit: Khrunichev)
First Angara-A5 launch vehicle rolled out to the pad. (Credit: Khrunichev)

PLESETSK COSMODROME, Russia (Khrunichev PR) — On 10 November, the Angara-A5 left the Integration & Testing Facility in Area 41 of the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome in the Archangelsk Region. The first-ever rollout of the heavy-lift launch vehicle and its transfer to the Angara multi-purpose launch pad proceeded as planned.

Currently, specialists of the Cosmodrome’s Center for testing and operation of space systems are preparing the Angara-A5 for tests on the Angara multi-purpose launch pad.

The Angara multi-purpose launch pad will be tested for seven days. The tests will include electrical checkouts of Angara-A5 and the Angara multi-purpose launch pad readiness for the Angara-A5 maiden launch.

The maiden launch of heavy-lift Angara-A5 from Plesetsk is scheduled for December 2014.