Angara A5 rocket launches successfully

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The competition heats up: Russia successfully completed the first test launch of the heavy-lift version of its Angara rocket today.

More background here.

At this moment the dummy payload is in a preliminary orbit and requires additional engine burns by the Briz-M upper stage to reach its planned geosynchronous orbit. Briz-M however is well tested and has been in use for years already on the Proton rocket. Therefore, for Angara this flight has now been a complete success, even if the Briz-M stage fails.


One comment

  • geoffc

    Any word on mass of payload simulator? Love to see more pictures. Love Anatoly Zak’s work. His book is amazing.

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