Roscosmos to Restructure Khrunichev, Replace Management

The reorganization of the Russian space industry continued on Friday as Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin announced plans to create of a new rocket building holding organization and to replace the management of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin announced the plan in remarks before the State Duma, according to Interfax. The report doesn’t say why the move is being made, but it appears to be an attempt by the Russian space agency to tighten control over the industry.


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.

Russia Led All Launch Providers in 2010, Followed By U.S. and China

Launch Statistics for 2010
(Via Roscosmos)

Total Launches: 74
Successes: 70
Failures: 4

Launch Breakdown

  • Russia — 31 launches (42 percent)
  • United States — 15 launches (20.3 percent)
  • China — 15 launches (20.3 percent)
  • ESA (Arianespace) — 6 launches (8.1 percent)
  • India — 3 launches (4 percent)
  • Japan — 2 launches (2.7 percent)
  • South Korea — 1 launch (1.35 percent)
  • Israel — 1 launch (1.35 percent)

Launch Failures

India — 2 (GSLV)
Russia — 1 (Proton)
Korea — 1 (KSLV-1)

Russian Breakdown

Out of 31 Russia’s launches, 15 have been made by the rockets produced by Khrunichev Space Center, including 12 of heavy-lift Proton. That is two times more than for Proton’s rival, Ariane 5.

Proton has also beat another record, making 29 launches within 29 months.

Russian Engineers Complete Angara Bench Tests, Eye Revival of Energia Engines

Angara rocket engine test


NITS RKP, Peresvet, completed firing tests of Universal Rocket Module URM-2 for Angara launcher.

Cold testing of URM-2 with kerosene filling, as well as totally-filled system tests, had been conducted successfully. The firing test, aimed at confirming URM proper operation as a part of Angara’s third stage, took place on Nov. 18 at test bench 102 (TB-102), the largest test bench in Europe.

URM-2 is to be used in the third stage of the rocket. The first and second sessions of the cold firing tests have been completed in June-July.

Angara’s URM-1 bench tests were completed in 2009.

Development of the Angara launcher is the high-priority national objective. Angara‘s customers are Russian Federal Space Agency and the Ministry of Defense. Khrunichev Space Center is the prime contractor in the project.

And in related news….

Russia’s advanced super heavy-lift launcher to use modified propulsion of Energia rocket developed under Energia-Buran project, KBKhA DG Vladimir Rachuk told Interfax-AVN.

He reminded that oxygen-hydrogen engine RD-0120 designed by KBKhA was used in Energia project. Development of the advanced super heavy-lift launcher is to begin in 2018.

Khrunichev Completes Second Angara Engine Test


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.


Khrunichev Gobbles Up More of the Russian Space Effort

August 5, 2008

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted the Government’s offer to transfer 100 percent of the federally–owned shares of the Voronezh–based open joint stock company “Konstruktorskoe Buro Khimavtomatiky” (OSC KBKhA) to the state-run research and production Khrunichev Space Center (KhSC).


Angara Rocket Engine Test Successful

Angara rocket engine test
Angara rocket engine test


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.