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Russia successfully test-launched Angara-A5 rocket

Dec 26, 2014 18:40 IST

Russia successfully test-launched Angara-A5 rocket from Plesetsk in northern Russia on 23 December 2014. The rocket was designed to succeed Proton and other Soviet-era launchers. The Angara is billed as the first rocket to have been completely built after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The rocket Angara was named after a Siberian river flowing out of Lake Baikal. It was expected to launch a payload of two tonnes into space. The rocket was developed with a view to launch manned spacecraft.

The test launch of the light version of the Angara rocket ended in embarrassment in June due to a sudden automatic launch abort.

The Angara-A5 is the first space-booster designed from scratch since the Soviet era. It took two decades of design work and scientific research. The test launch cost approximately 3 billion US dollar.

The clean engine eco-friendly Angara rocket family is capable of delivering up to 25 tonnes to a low orbit.

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