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Russian carrier rockets: from transporting astronauts to commercial launches

December 23, 2014, 15:30 UTC+3
New Russian heavy rocket was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23
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New Russian heavy rocket Angara was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23. Photo: Launch of Angara-A5 heavy booster
New Russian heavy rocket Angara was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23. Photo: Launch of Angara-A5 heavy booster
New Russian heavy rocket Angara was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23. Photo: Launch of Angara-A5 heavy booster
© Russia's Defence Ministry press service/TASS
Angara family rockets are able to put from 3,8 to 24,5 tonnes into low Earth orbit. Photo: Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Angara family rockets are able to put from 3,8 to 24,5 tonnes into low Earth orbit. Photo: Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Angara family rockets are able to put from 3,8 to 24,5 tonnes into low Earth orbit. Photo: Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
© ITAR-TASS/Anton Tushin
Various Angara rockets are developed - one light-class, three medium-class and five heavy-class space vehicles. The light-class model was tested on June 27, 2014. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space
Various Angara rockets are developed - one light-class, three medium-class and five heavy-class space vehicles. The light-class model was tested on June 27, 2014. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space
Various Angara rockets are developed - one light-class, three medium-class and five heavy-class space vehicles. The light-class model was tested on June 27, 2014. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space
© ITAR-TASS/Anton Novoderezhkin
At present time Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Photo: Proton-M rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
At present time Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Photo: Proton-M rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
At present time Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Photo: Proton-M rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Oleg Urusov
All Protons are built at the Khrunichev plant in Moscow. The latest version is the Proton M, which can place up to 22 tonnes in low Earth orbit. Photo: Proton-M rocket being transported to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
All Protons are built at the Khrunichev plant in Moscow. The latest version is the Proton M, which can place up to 22 tonnes in low Earth orbit. Photo: Proton-M rocket being transported to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
All Protons are built at the Khrunichev plant in Moscow. The latest version is the Proton M, which can place up to 22 tonnes in low Earth orbit. Photo: Proton-M rocket being transported to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
© ITAR-TASS/Oleg Urusov
Proton is widely used for launches of commercial satellites. Photo: The final preparations for launch of the Proton-M booster with American AMC-23 telecommunication satellite
Proton is widely used for launches of commercial satellites. Photo: The final preparations for launch of the Proton-M booster with American AMC-23 telecommunication satellite
Proton is widely used for launches of commercial satellites. Photo: The final preparations for launch of the Proton-M booster with American AMC-23 telecommunication satellite
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak
According to the European Space Agency, the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world is Soyuz. Photo: Soyuz-FG rocket booster and Soyuz TMA-11M spaceship launch with the Olympic torch on board at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
According to the European Space Agency, the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world is Soyuz. Photo: Soyuz-FG rocket booster and Soyuz TMA-11M spaceship launch with the Olympic torch on board at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
According to the European Space Agency, the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world is Soyuz. Photo: Soyuz-FG rocket booster and Soyuz TMA-11M spaceship launch with the Olympic torch on board at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev
Soyuz rockets are the only providers of transport for astronauts at the International Space Station. Photo: Sochi Winter Olympic Games branded Soyuz FG rocket booster
Soyuz rockets are the only providers of transport for astronauts at the International Space Station. Photo: Sochi Winter Olympic Games branded Soyuz FG rocket booster
Soyuz rockets are the only providers of transport for astronauts at the International Space Station. Photo: Sochi Winter Olympic Games branded Soyuz FG rocket booster
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev
Soyuz vehicles are also used to launch unmanned Progress supply spacecraft to the International Space Station and for commercial launches. Photo: Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz vehicles are also used to launch unmanned Progress supply spacecraft to the International Space Station and for commercial launches. Photo: Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz vehicles are also used to launch unmanned Progress supply spacecraft to the International Space Station and for commercial launches. Photo: Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-15M
© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
Photo: Soyuz rocket as it is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Photo: Soyuz rocket as it is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Photo: Soyuz rocket as it is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
© EPA/NASA/Carla Cioffi/handout
Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket  is a converted ICBM used for launching artificial satellites into orbit. It is launched either from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan or from the Yasny space facility
Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket  is a converted ICBM used for launching artificial satellites into orbit. It is launched either from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan or from the Yasny space facility
Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket is a converted ICBM used for launching artificial satellites into orbit. It is launched either from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan or from the Yasny space facility
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak
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New Russian heavy rocket Angara was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23. Photo: Launch of Angara-A5 heavy booster
© Russia's Defence Ministry press service/TASS
Angara family rockets are able to put from 3,8 to 24,5 tonnes into low Earth orbit. Photo: Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
© ITAR-TASS/Anton Tushin
Various Angara rockets are developed - one light-class, three medium-class and five heavy-class space vehicles. The light-class model was tested on June 27, 2014. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space
© ITAR-TASS/Anton Novoderezhkin
At present time Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Photo: Proton-M rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Oleg Urusov
All Protons are built at the Khrunichev plant in Moscow. The latest version is the Proton M, which can place up to 22 tonnes in low Earth orbit. Photo: Proton-M rocket being transported to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
© ITAR-TASS/Oleg Urusov
Proton is widely used for launches of commercial satellites. Photo: The final preparations for launch of the Proton-M booster with American AMC-23 telecommunication satellite
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak
According to the European Space Agency, the most frequently used launch vehicle in the world is Soyuz. Photo: Soyuz-FG rocket booster and Soyuz TMA-11M spaceship launch with the Olympic torch on board at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev
Soyuz rockets are the only providers of transport for astronauts at the International Space Station. Photo: Sochi Winter Olympic Games branded Soyuz FG rocket booster
© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev
Soyuz vehicles are also used to launch unmanned Progress supply spacecraft to the International Space Station and for commercial launches. Photo: Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the space capsule Soyuz TMA-15M
© AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky
Photo: Soyuz rocket as it is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
© EPA/NASA/Carla Cioffi/handout
Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket is a converted ICBM used for launching artificial satellites into orbit. It is launched either from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan or from the Yasny space facility
© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Kazak

New Russian heavy rocket was successfully test-launched from the Plesetsk space center on December 23. Angara family rockets are able to put from 3,8 to 24,5 tonnes into low Earth orbit. Russia places serious hopes on the Angara. After tests, Russia plans to launch space vehicles of all types from its territory and ensure independent guaranteed access to space. It is one of priority projects of the Russian space industry. At present time Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Various Russian orbital launchers in photo gallery by TASS.

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