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13 April


The Angara-A5 launch vehicle launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome

This was the second test launch of this type of missile

Photo: roscosmos.ru

/NOVOSTIVL/ The Russian aerospace forces conducted a test launch of the Angara A-5 heavy launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the press service of the defense Ministry reported. This is the second test launch of the rocket, the first took place in 2014. According to the Ministry of defense, all pre-launch operations and the launch took place normally.

"Started at 8:50 MSK from State testing cosmodrome Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk region the space rocket "Angara-A5" at the estimated time - 8:53 - is adopted to support ground-based funds Main test space center name Titov Space forces, VKS,"- said the defense Ministry.

Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin commented on the launch with the words: "It flies, damn it!"

The Russian defense Ministry ordered four Angara A-5 missiles from Roscosmos. Production of the rocket costs 7 billion rubles, which is three times the cost of production of the proton-M rocket. By 2024, the cost of "Angara" is planned to be reduced to 4 billion rubles.