The media learned about phase out manned rocket “Angara-А5П”
Roscosmos has decided to abandon the rocket for manned launches of “Angara-А5П” and infrastructure for manned launches from the Vostochny cosmodrome until 2025.
To launch a new manned spacecraft “Federation” will be another rocket “Phoenix”, and because of this, the first attempt has been delayed again – from 2021 to 2022. Earlier on the reduction of works on the Eastern spaceport reported RNS: according to this, for “Angara” decided to build one pad, not two.
Source TASS on Saturday said: “In connection with the change of launch vehicle to launch vehicle (the”Federation”) decided to abandon a manned version of the rocket “Angara-А5П”. The manned program will return to the cosmodrome East is only the beginning of the construction of the launch complex for heavy rocket after 2025″. Roscosmos declined to comment.
At the end of April the General Director of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev told about the offer to replace the expensive “Hangar” (it develops Khrunichev center) on a cheaper rocket “Phoenix” in your design. He argued that “Phoenix” will receive economic benefits, including, on the American Falcon 9.
“Angara” – a family of Russian carrier rockets of different classes, from light to heavy, which was created as a replacement for rockets “proton-M” and “Roar”. There was only two launches, both from Plesetsk: light “Angara-1.2 PP” was launched in July 2014, heavy Angara-A5 in December 2014.
In the feasibility study of the project of the Federal space program for 2016-2025, it was stated that the cost of manufacturing the first heavy Angara-A5 launched in late 2014 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, amounted to about 4.5 billion rubles (in prices of that year).
The third launch military satellites on Board was scheduled for December 2016.
Roscosmos reported that by the end of 2016 Russia by number of space launches for the first time surpassed not only the US but China.
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