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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Russia’s Angara-A5V new heavy carrier rocket will blast off with test weight for the first time from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East in 2023, according to a draft federal space program for 2016-2025 made public on Thursday.
According to the draft, the carrier rocket is scheduled to deliver a new-generation manned transport spacecraft into orbit in 2024.
The new modification of the Angara heavy rocket is scheduled to be used for another two launches in 2025 to help a new-generation manned spacecraft fly around the Moon.
First, a spacecraft with an inter-planetary orbital tug and a DM acceleration unit will be orbited. During the second launch, another inter-orbital tug and an oxygen-hydrogen accelerator will go into outer space.
"The use of paired launches will help make a manned flight around the Moon three years earlier, i.e. in 2025," the document said.
Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) earlier assigned the Khrunichev Space Center and the Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation the task to develop a preliminary design of a new booster based on the existing Angara heavy carrier rocket for manned flights to the Moon.
Chairman of the Roscosmos Scientific and Technical Council Yuri Koptev said on Wednesday the preliminary project of Russia’s Angara-A5V new heavy carrier rocket should be ready by the end of 2015.
The Angara-A5V is designed for delivery of about 35 tons of payloads into orbit.
Roscosmos estimates the project to develop a new modification of the Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket with the oxygen-hydrogen third stage at 37 billion rubles ($698 million). The entire program of the rocket’s development, considering the construction of the required ground infrastructure, is estimated at 150 billion rubles ($2.8 billion).
The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. Infographics by TASS