Roskosmos has decided on the date of the second test launch of the Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicle. As reported TASS citing a source in the rocket and space industry, the rocket launch is scheduled for November 24.
The second flight prototype of the Angara-A5 launch vehicle will be launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. The rocket with the Upper Stage Briz-M will have to put a mock-up of the spacecraft into geostationary orbit.
The launch is scheduled for November 24
- Said the source agency.
The fact that "Angara-A5" was sent to the cosmodrome was reported in August this year. At the same time, Roskosmos reported that the planned launch of the rocket would take place in November 2020. The first Angara-A5 rocket was launched into space in December 2014. In total, the test program for the heavy launch vehicle provides for six launches, which should take place in the period 2021-2022.
Angara-A5 is the first Russian heavy-class launch vehicle developed entirely in the post-Soviet period. It will be able to launch into space from four to 24 tons of payload, depending on the height of the orbit. The launch vehicle runs on environmentally friendly fuel and is assembled from unified rocket modules, which can significantly reduce the cost of its production and maintenance.
According to information previously published by the media, the serial production of the Angara launch vehicle should start in 2023, and from 2024 it should completely replace the Protons.