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Angara-1.2PP rocket

The Angara space launch complex is being pursued in accordance with Presidential Decree (1995), On the Development of Angara Space Launch Complex that endorsed proposals to this effect from the MoD, Russian Space Agency and State Committee for Defense Industries. As part of the Angara program, Khrunichev is implementing a strategy of expeditious development of a common core booster powered by LOX/kerosene engines to serve as the basis for a number of advanced environment-friendly launchers of small, medium and heavy-lift classes.

Underpinning the Angara project is the idea to secure Russia 's assured access to space from the Russian launch base at Plesetsk and guarantee that Russia will be able to engage in space activities regardless of any trends in military-political and economic relations with other countries. The LOX/kerosene common core booster (CCB) is a wholesome structure that includes an oxidizer tank, a fuel tank (both tanks being coupled by a spacer) and a propulsion bay. Each CCB is fit with one RD 191M high-power liquid engine.

By August 2008 Russia's Design Bureau for Transport Machinery had completed the construction of a launch pad for a new-generation carrier rocket at the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia. At that time the first test launch of a lighter version of the Angara was planned to be conducted in 2010.

Russia’s new Angara rocket, powered by engines using so-called “green” fuels, successfully completed its suborbital test flight 09 July 2014, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the first successful test launch of the Angara-1.2PP rocket,” the ministry’s statement read. The rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia at approximately 2:00 p.m. Moscow time [10.00 a.m. GMT]. After a 20-minute flight, the rocket’s second stage and a dummy payload impacted the Kura testing range on Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula some 5,700 kilometers away from the launch site.




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