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Russia’s Angara Rocket on Course, Launch Complex Not

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RIA Novosti

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.

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Russia Completes Angara Rocket Engine Tests

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Russia completes engine tests for Angara rocket
RIA Novosti

Russia has successfully completed bench trials of the first stage of the new Angara carrier rocket, Russia’s Khrunichev Space and Research Center said on Friday.

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Russian Angara Launch Delayed Due to Funding Shortfall

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Russia could delay maiden launch of Angara rocket
RIA Novosti

The maiden launch of Russia’s new Angara carrier rocket could be postponed for at least one year due to shortage of funds from the Defense Ministry, the top Russian space official said Wednesday.

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Khrunichev Completes Second Angara Engine Test

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On  1 October another test firing of the Universal Rocket Module (URM)-1 for Russia’s  Angara family of launch vehicles – currently under development – took place at the Rocket & Space Industry Research & Testing Center near Moscow.

The URM-1 test article was fired at a specially built test stand, the largest in Europe, to verify the engine performance at its maximum power level. The test, which lasted 203.4 seconds, was the second in a series of firing tests planned for the URM-1.

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Russian Angara Rocket Progressing Toward Launch

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Russia to invest $143 mln in engines for new Angara rocket
RIA Novosti

Russia will invest about 4.5 billion rubles ($143 mln) by 2015 in the production of engines for a family of Angara carrier rockets, the Perm Territory’s government said on Monday.

The environmentally-friendly Angara rocket, currently under development by the Khrunichev center, is designed to put heavy payloads into orbit. It 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.

The new line of rockets will complement, and eventually replace, the existing line of Rockot and Proton launch vehicles. It will be available in a range of configurations capable of lifting between two and 24.5 metric tons into low-earth orbit.

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Angara Rocket Engine Test Successful

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KHRUNICHEV PRESS RELEASE

On 30 July 2009 the Universal Rocket Module URM-1 for the prospective Angara family of launch vehicles was successfully fire-tested at the Rocket & Space Industry Research & Testing Center near Moscow.

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Report: Russia’s Angara Rocket Needs More Money

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Russia’s Angara rocket family needs cash injection
Flight International

Fourteen years after the start of development, Russia’s Angara rocket needs a cash injection of billions more roubles to deliver the planned 2011 first flights of its 1.2 and A5 versions.

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Russian Military Cuts Could Impact Angara, New Launch Complex

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Russian Defense Cuts Could Affect Space
Aviation Week


President Vladimir Putin has assured government and industry space officials that the revised 2009 draft budget, intended to take into account the worsening economic downturn, contemplates no reduction in allotments for the development of new space projects. Almost 82 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) is to be allocated for three programs, Putin said, without saying which ones. However, he said the new Angara launcher would be among the priority programs, along with communication, navigation and remote Earth sensing spacecraft development.

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