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First launch of Russia's new Angara rocket due December 25

October 23, 2014, 11:50 UTC+3
The rocket is to be launched form the northern Russia Plesetsk spaceport
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MOSCOW, October 23. /TASS/. The first launch of the heavy class rocket Angara-A5 is scheduled for December 25, the deputy general designer of the Khrunichev Space Center, Yuri Bakhvalov has told the media.

“We are planning to flight-test Angara-A5 in December. The preliminary launch date is December 25,” Bakhvalov said.

The rocket is to be launched form the northern space site Plesetsk.

“We still have some time to spare to eliminate glitches during pre-launch preparations, if any,” Bakhvalov said.

As for the light configuration of Angara - Angara-1.2pp, its first launch took place in July 2014. More flight-testing is due in 2016,”Bakhvalov said. “The rocket is to reach a low orbit,” he said.

As for the possibility of an intermediate launch of Angara Bakhvalov said that the development work was in the “initial phase.

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