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First rocket in Angara family test-launched from Plesetsk space center

July 09, 2014, 16:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The first test launch of the light class rocket Angara-1.2PP was originally expected to take place on June 27
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MOSCOW, July 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Defense Troops have done the first test-launching of a news Russian carrier rocket Angars-1.2PP, a spokesman for the Plesetsk Space Center in northern Russia told ITAR-TASS.

The launch was carried out as scheduled. The preparations and effectuation were supervised by the Commander of Aerospace Troops, Lieutentant-General Alexander Golovko.

The first test launch of the light class rocket Angara-1.2PP was originally expected to take place on June 27. The automatic control system stopped the countdown. The launch attempt was delayed for one day only to be cancelled again.

The designer of the first stage engine RD-191 blamed the failure on a fall in the pressure of the oxidizer tank.

There were no plans for putting payloads in space. Under the test’s program the inseparable payload dummy and the second stage were to reach the designated site at the Kura proving ground in the Kamchatka peninsula 5,700 kilometres away from the launch site.

A space rocket system consists of the liftoff and engineering components and is designed to deploy satellites, weighing from 2 to 24.5 tonnes, into low, medium, and high circular and elliptical orbits.

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