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Roscosmos Lays Out Plans to Transition to Angara Boosters

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
January 16, 2020
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Inaugural Angara A5 launch (Credit: Khrunichev)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The management of the State Corporation “Roscosmos” considers the launch of production of the Angara launch vehicles at the Omsk “POLET” Production Association (a branch of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and a part of Roscosmos) is a priority task for the Corporation.

Tight control is exercised over this year’s production of the first batch of the Angara LVs, as well as over their transfer to the customer – the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Until the reconstruction of the POLET plant is completed, the Khrunichev Center plans to produce two Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicles and one Angara-1.2 light LV per year.

In view of that, during the transition period, payload orbiting will be executed using partially the Proton-M launch vehicle, and partially the new Angara LVs. The target production capacity of Angara LVs will be eight heavy LVs and two light LVs per year.

5 responses to “Roscosmos Lays Out Plans to Transition to Angara Boosters”

  1. Lee says:

    Target production is 8 heavy and 2 light per year? That seems backwards…

    • duheagle says:

      The “light” Angara is pretty light indeed. So those numbers actually make a sort of sense.

      Good luck on quadrupling Angara A5 annual production from 2 to 8 though. I won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

  2. Aerospike says:

    Wow, such a detailed and very well thought through plan!

  3. Andrew Tubbiolo says:

    Russia seems doomed to transition from being an old dog that can’t learn new tricks, to just being a dog.

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