Russian heavy carrier rocket "Angara-A5" was launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome today, December 14th. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.
According to the post, the second in stories The Angara-A5 was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region at 8:50 am and was carried out in the normal mode. The rocket launched into space an overall mass model weighing 2,4 tons. 12 minutes after the launch, the orbital block as part of the Briz-M upper stage and the model separated from the third stage of the rocket. The final delivery of the cargo to the target geostationary orbit (about 36 thousand kilometers) will be carried out using the upper stage according to a nine-hour scheme.
The combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces carried out a test launch of a heavy-class carrier rocket "Angara-A5" with an overall mass model of the payload
- declared in the Ministry of Defense.
Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin confirmed the successful launch of the heavy Angara-A5.
She's flying, damn it !!!
- he wrote on his Twitter page.
Initially, the second launch of Angara-A5 was scheduled for November 24, 2020, the rocket was even put on the launch pad on November 17, but then the launch was canceled. The second date was called November 28, but the launch was again postponed for technical reasons.
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.