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Second launch of heavy Angara rocket likely postponed


(01 Nov 2020) The second test launch of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket from the Plesetsk space centre in northwestern Russia was tentatively postponed from 24 November to 28 November, according to a rocket and space industry source.

However, a final decision regarding the lift-off date has yet to be made. Russian space agency Roskosmos said in August that preparations for flight tests of the Angara-A5 rocket had begun at Plesetsk.

The Angara is a family of next-generation Russian space rockets. It consists of light, medium and heavy rockets with a lifting capacity of up to 37.5 tonnes. The new family of rockets uses environmentally-friendly propellant components. So far, Russia has carried out only two Angara launches, both of them from the Plesetsk spaceport: a light Angara-1.2PP blasted off in July 2014 and its heavy version lifted off in December 2014.

Reference: Tass

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