Russia successfully test launches heavy lift space rocket after long hiatus

Russia Successfully Test Launches Heavy Lift Space Rocket After Long Hiatus
First test-launched in 2014, Angara A5 space rocket is being developed to replace the Proton M as Russia’s heavy lift rocket, capable of carrying payloads bigger than 20 tonnes into orbit.(AP image for representation.)


The pic taken on Monday and distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows, a test launch of a heavy-class carrier rocket Angara-A5 from the launch pad of site No. 35 of the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation at Plesetsk launch facility in the Arkhangelsk Region of northwestern Russia. The Angara-A5 is the prospective heavy-lift rocket that is expected to enter service in the following years. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP) credit: THE TRIBUNE


First test-launched in 2014, it is being developed to replace the Proton M as Russia's heavy lift rocket, capable of carrying payloads bigger than 20 tonnes into orbit. A launch pad for the new rocket is due to open in 2021.


MOSCOW: Russia on Monday successfully test launched its heavy lift Angara-A5 space rocket after a six-year hiatus in a project President Vladimir Putin describes as having huge significance for national security.


First test-launched in 2014, it is being developed to replace the Proton-M as Russia's heavy lift rocket, capable of carrying payloads bigger than 20 tons into orbit. A launch pad for the new rocket is due to open in 2021.


The Angara has however been dogged by manufacturing delays and technical issues, including the discovery last year of a defect in its engines that scientists said could destroy it in flight.


The defence ministry and space agency ROSCOSMOS said Monday's launch, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country's northwest, had been successful however.


ROSCOSMOS has suffered a series of setbacks and corruption scandals in recent years, including during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country's far east where contractors were accused of stealing state funds.

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