MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos will develop an Angara-A5V new heavy carrier rocket no later than 2025, Roscosmos said on its Twitter on Tuesday.
"Following the results of a meeting in Voronezh, [Roscosmos Chief] Dmitry Rogozin set the workforce of the Chemical Automatics Design Bureau the task to speed up work on creating next-generation rocket engines based on hydrogen and methane. The aim is to develop an Angara-A5V enhanced heavy-class rocket no later than 2025," the statement says.
Roscosmos announced on June 30 that a new version of the amended state contract on the ‘Amur’ experimental design work envisaged upgrading the Angara carrier rocket and studying the option of developing reusable rocket stages.
In particular, the changes envisage developing the Angara-A5M as the upgraded version of the Angara-A5 rocket and the conceptual design of the Angara-A5V increased lifting capacity vehicle (with the oxygen-hydrogen third stage). Also, an option will be considered to develop the Angara-A5VM carrier rocket with reusable stages, Roscosmos specified.
The Angara is a series of next-generation Russian space rockets. It consists of light, medium and heavy carrier rockets with a lifting capacity of up to 37.5 tonnes. The new family of rockets uses environmentally-friendly propellant components. So far, Russia has carried out only two Angara launches, both of them from the Plesetsk spaceport: a light Angara-1.2PP blasted off in July 2014 and its heavy version lifted off in December 2014.