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Chief Designers Meet to Design Soyuz 5 Launch Complex

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — A meeting of the Council of Chief Designers was held at the Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), at which issues on the creation of the Soyuz-5 space rocket complex (KRK) were considered. Representatives of RSC Energia took part in the work of the Council of Chief Designers, chaired by the General Director of the Progress RSC – the chief […]

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  • November 17, 2021
Soyuz Light to Debut, Angara Reaches Pad & RD-0146D Testing Advances
Modle of the Soyuz-21.v launch vehicle. (Credit: Pavel Kolotilov)

Modle of the Soyuz-21.v launch vehicle. (Credit: Pavel Kolotilov)

There is some good news to report out of Russia about two delayed launch vehicle development programs.

The Soyuz 2-1v light launch vehicle has been scheduled for its first test flight on Dec. 23. Meanwhile, the first prototype of the Angara rocket has made it to the launch pad at Plesetsk more than 18 years after the Russian government approved the program.

In related news, engineers have conducted nearly 70 test firings of the cryogenic RD-0146 upper stage engine, which is intended to fly on later versions of the Angara launch vehicle as well as the Proton rocket.

Spaceflight Now reports that the Soyuz 2-1v rocket will launch the student-built AIST microsatellite and SKRL 756 calibration spheres on its inaugural mission scheduled for two days before Christmas.

The Soyuz 2-1v is a light version of the venerable rocket. Four booster strap-on booster rockets have been removed, and the first-stage engine has been replaced with NK-33 engines left over from the Soviet manned lunar program.


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  • December 1, 2013
Testing Continues on New Engine for Angara, Upgraded Soyuz Rockets

KBKhA Press Release 17 April 2009 Development tests of the new liquid-propellant rocket engine to be used for Soyuz-2-1b and Angara are continued at KBKhA company, Voronezh. The forth fire test of the engine sample (750 sec) was carried out yesterday to test thrust and component ratio. Operation time of the engine in the facility reach 3000 sec, which is equal to 11 flight operation times. In parallel, the company […]

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  • April 19, 2009