Second test launch of a heavy launch vehicle “Angara-A5”, previously scheduled for 24 November, postponed. As reported by TASS, citing a source in the rocket and space industry, the new date is tentatively named 28 November.
According to the interlocutor of the news agency, launch postponed to 28 November, but this date is not final, since the window for the second start “Hangars-A5” is the period from 20 by 29 November.
The launch is pre-assigned to 28 November. (…) the final decision on the start date will be made later
– said the source, without specifying the reason for the transfer.
Earlier, Roscosmos said, that the second start is heavy “Hangars” will be produced 24 November from the cosmodrome “Plesetsk”, where the launch vehicle has already been delivered.
Second flight prototype of the launch vehicle “Angara-A5” will be launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Upper stage rocket “Briz-M will have to launch a mock-up of a spacecraft into geostationary orbit. First rocket “Angara-A5” was launched into space in December 2014 of the year. In total, the test program for a heavy launch vehicle provides for six launches, which must pass in the period 2021-2022 years.
“Angara-A5” – the first Russian heavy-class launch vehicle, developed entirely in the post-Soviet period. She will be able to display in space from four to 24 tons of payload depending on the height of the orbit. The booster runs on clean fuels and is assembled from standardized rocket modules, which can significantly reduce the cost of its production and maintenance.
According to information, previously unveiled media, mass production of a booster “Angara” should start in 2023 year, and with 2024 years she must completely replace “Protons”.