Russia's Newest Angara Heavy-Lift Rocket May Be Used for Manned Flights
Russia's Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle can be used for manned flights.
ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) – Russia's Angara heavy-lift launch vehicle, which is still under development, can be used for manned flights if the necessary funding is allocated within the space program, Roscosmos state space corporation Director General Igor Komarov said Wednesday.
"Angara can be used for manned programs if such a task is set and the funding is allocated," Komarov said on the sidelines of the MAKS-2017 air show.
According to Komarov, Roscosmos has blueprints on creating a universal rocket out of Angara.
"We have understanding about dual purpose use of Angara at the Vostochny [spaceport]," Komarov added.
In October 2016, Komarov said the first launch of Angara from Vostochny Cosmodrome is scheduled for 2021. It was planned that Angara will be launched with the new Federation spacecraft without a crew. The first manned launch was expected to take place in 2023.
However, later, it was decided the new Soyuz-5 launch vehicle will deliver the Federation craft to orbit, with the first Soyuz-5 launch expected in 2022.
The Angara family of space-launch vehicles is designed to provide lifting capabilities of between 2 and 40.5 metric tonnes into low Earth orbit. It has been in development since 1995 and was the first orbit-capable rocket developed by Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union to replace the older Proton-M rockets.
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