Angara_pad
February 19, 2014

RIA Novosti – A full-scale mock-up of Russia’s first large post-Soviet rocket has been rolled out to a launch pad at the Plesetsk space center.

The mock-up of the Angara, built by the Khrunichev aerospace research and production center, will be used to test ground support systems ahead of the maiden launch of the vehicle scheduled for later this year.

The Angara is expected to launch both government and commercial satellites either as a single rocket or in several configurations of booster stages clustered together for heavier payloads.

The modular launcher will be able to cover a wide range of payload classes now served by rockets built by a number of Russian manufacturers, including the Proton, the country’s largest booster.

The engine developed for the Angara will burn kerosene and liquid oxygen, which is deemed by an order of magnitude more environmentally friendly than the toxic hydrazine used in the Proton.

The environmental impact of that rocket has soured relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, which leases the Baikonur space center to Russia for $115 million per year.

Russia is building a launch complex for the Angara at the country’s new Vostochny space center in the Far East to reduce dependence on Kazakhstan for space launches.

The Angara will complement the country’s venerable Soyuz manned rocket, currently the only vehicle in the world capable of launching astronauts to the International Space Station.

Last month, Oleg Ostapenko, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that a decision would be made in the near future about building a new super-heavy rocket that would be, in its expanded form, the largest in world history.

Image credit – RIA-Novosti

More from this category:
-jPg6faAWnc
August 29, 2014

Space industry specialists continue preparation works for the launch of Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft to the ISS from Baikonur spaceport.   RSC Energia and Yuzhny space…

full story
SHL_1517
September 4, 2014

At the beginning of exam the crews got the cards with the list of off-nominal situations possible during the “training flight” on Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft…

full story
M-16M
April 24, 2013

According to press-service of RSC Energia, at 14:12:16 Moscow Time an automatic transport cargo vehicle Progress M-19M was launched from the launch pad of site…

full story
994355553
June 7, 2016

On June 6, 2016,  Roscosmos State Commission meeting discussed Soyuz MS manned spacecraft and Progress MS-03 cargo vehicle prelaunch preparations and Soyuz TMA-19M landing issues….

full story
1042674543
June 18, 2015

Scheduled ISS orbit adjustment aimed to create optimal ballistic conditions for Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft docking with the station will be accomplished on Thursday, – Mission…

full story
ProgressM-21M
November 25, 2013

Soyuz –U booster with progress M-21M cargo vehicle was rolled out from integration building and installed onto the launch pad of Baikonur spaceport, – Roscosmos…

full story
DCIM101GOPRO
November 20, 2018

In 2018, it is 20th anniversary of the most significant international space projects, the largest manned artificial satellite of the Earth – the International Space…

full story
Spacewalk2
January 28, 2014

Russian ISS-38 crew members Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky successfully performed the spacewalked and returned inside the station. During the work outside the ISS the…

full story