Heavy-Lift Angara A5.1L Launch Vehicle Launched Successfully from Plesetsk Launch Site in Maiden Flight

The Angara SRC is one of the top priorities to develop the national launch system based entirely and exclusively on the Russian research and industrial potential.

Development of the Angara SRC is a task of paramount importance to the Russian government. Implementation of the Angara SRC will allow Russia to launch spacecraft of all types from its own territory and will ensure that our country has a guaranteed and independent access to space.  

The Russian Ministry of Defence and the Russian Space Agency are the state customers for the Angara SRC. The primary designer and manufacturer is the state-run Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center. 

The Angara launch vehicle is designed on the basis of standard assortment of the light, medium and heavy-lift modules (URMs). The vehicle will be capable of injecting virtually the entire range of payloads to come into a required range of orbit altitudes and inclinations, including the geostationary one, making sure that Russia has a truly independent access to space.

Various configurations of the vehicle are implemented with the help of the universal-design rocket modules (URM) – one module for the light vehicle, three for the medium vehicle, and five for the heavy vehicle.  

URMs underwent pilot testing as part of an experimental Angara 1.2PP lightweight vehicle. The successful launch of this vehicle in July 2014 kicked off the Angara SRC flight test program at the Plesetsk launch site.

In addition, a prototype of the Angara 1.2PP first stage (URM-1) passed flight tests as part of the first South Korean KSLV launch vehicle. Three missions of this vehicle were accomplished in 2009, 2010 and 2013 respectively.

Wide use of commonality and unique engineering solutions permit to launch the entire family of the Angara vehicles from the same launch pad.

The launch of the Angara A5.1L integrated launch vehicle (ILV) is performed from the Plesetsk launch site in order to inject the dummy payload into the target geostationary orbit.

The Angara A5.1L launch opens the flight test program of the Angara Space Rocket Complex (SRC) featuring the heavy-lift Angara A5 launch vehicle.

Source: International Launch Services
Date: Dec 23, 2014