Angara to Launch in 2013; Third KSLV-1 Flight Set for Next Year

The Angara rocket family. (Credit: Allocer)

Russia’s long-delayed Angara family of rockets will finally take to the skies above the Plesetsk Cosmodrome beginning in 2013, according to Vladimir Nesterov, general director of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Speaking to reporters at Baikonur on Saturday, Nesterov also said that the third flight of South Korea’s KSLV-1 rocket, which uses the Angara first stage, will take place during the second half of next year.

KARI President: Aerospace Crucial to Nation’s Growth

KARI PR — An inaugural ceremony was held for Seung Jo KIM, the 9th president of KARI, at 11 AM on June 21, 2011 (Tue.) at the Grand Auditorium, Main Building, KARI.

The incoming president emphasized in his inaugural address that “the global aerospace industry now holds investments over USD 560 billion and that South Korea can expand its global market share by tapping into its world-class fields such as IT, electronics, shipbuilding, and machinery sectors. “To join the world league of advanced nations with per capita income of USD 30,000 or 40,000, Korea must overcome the aerospace sector, which inevitably requires wholehearted support from the government and the public,” he also highlighted.

He unveiled KARIs mid-long term goals for launching successfully KSLV-I next year, acquiring autonomous space launch capability and technical competence through the development of future convergence and core technology, reinforcement of international cooperation and vibrant communication with people via aerospace technology.