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Angara



The first stage will use the same kerosene-LOX four-engine cluster as Zenit; the second stage will use a single Energia-derived LH2-LOX engine. The configuration is rather odd: a cylindrical center body reminiscent of a Zenit (holding the fuel), with a pair of large drop tanks slung on the outside of each stage to hold the LOX. The initial configuration will launch 26t into a 63deg orbit from Plesetsk (slightly more than Proton from Baikonur); a third stage (LH2-LOX) will be added to put 4.5t payloads into GSO.
There is talk of an Angara offshoot using a modified second stage air-launched from an An-124, launching 6t into 51deg at about $1500/kg.

The propulsion system runs on ecologically clean components, oxygen and kerosene. Angara-1.2ML ILV lift-off mass is approximately 171 metric tonnes.

The main launch site will be Vostochny. The serial production of Angara rockets should begin from 2023 at the Polyot Production Association in the West Siberian city of Omsk from 2023. The entire production process will be moved to the Polyot site in Omsk while only the design bureau will remain on the territory of the Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow.

External resources


http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?lang=en


Angara launches


# Launch id Payload Launch Date Site Type Status/Comment (orbit in perigee x apogee x inclination x period)
1 n/a dummy mass 9 Jul 2014 P 1.2ML sub-orbital
2 14085 IPM (GEO satellite dummy mass, 2040 kg) 23 Dec 2014 P A5 BrizM  


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