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Second launch of Russia's new Angara heavy rocket set for 2016

February 25, 2015, 18:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The second Angara-A5 carrier rocket will be manufactured this year
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Angara A-5 carrier rocket launch

Angara A-5 carrier rocket launch

© Russian Defense Ministry press service/TASS

MOSCOW, February 25. /TASS/. The second launch of the Angara heavy rocket is scheduled for 2016, the acting general director of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center said on Wednesday

"The Angara-A5 carrier rocket will be manufactured this year. The launch is planned for 2016," said Andrei Kalinovsky.

A space center official stated that the heavy rocket would be launched in the first half of 2016. On January 14, Angara general designer Vladimir Nesterov stated that "under the contract the second heavy Angara rocket will be handed to the client [Russian Defense Ministry] at the end of this year."

The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket with a Breeze-M booster was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. The rocket's light version was tested in summer.

The Angara rocket family is a new generation of space launch vehicles based on a universal rocket module with oxygen-kerosene engines. The family load capacity ranges from 1.5 to 25 tons. The carrier rockets of the Angara family are intended to replace the Proton carrier rockets.

Infographics Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket

The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. Infographics by TASS

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