MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. The serial production of Angara carrier rockets will begin from 2023 at the Polyot Production Association in the West Siberian city of Omsk from 2023, CEO of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
The entire production process will be moved to the Polyot site in Omsk while only the design bureau will remain on the territory of the Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow, the Roscosmos chief executive said.
"We proceed from the fact that we are approaching the stage of the serial production of Angara rockets at the Omsk manufacturing facilities by 2022-2023. We are shutting down the program and the entire business related to the Proton carrier rocket because it won’t be able to fly any longer from 2025 due to the restrictions imposed on the use of rockets with such a propellant [heptyl]," Rogozin said.
The Moscow enterprise will be transformed into an engineering center while the entire production will be moved to Omsk, the Roscosmos chief executive said.
"Only the design bureau and technologies will remain in Moscow. We have agreed with [Moscow Mayor] Sergei Sobyanin that the entire engineering and design potential should remain in Moscow," Rogozin said.
The Angara is a family of Russian light-to-heavy carrier rockets. The new family uses environmentally friendly propellant components. So far, only two launches have been carried out and both of them have been conducted from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in north Russia: a light Angara-1.2PP rocket blasted off in July 2014 and a heavy Angara-A5 lifted off in December 2014.
The Vostochny spaceport in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East will become the basic launch site for the Angara family of carrier rockets.