Russia successfully test launches heavy lift space rocket after a six-year long period

14th Dec

Russia successfully test launches heavy lift space rocket after a six-year long period

On Monday, Russia has successfully test launched its heavy lift Angara A5 space rocket. The project described as important for national security by President Vladimir Putin, was kept on q six-year hiatus.
It was first test-launched in 2014 and is being developed to replace the Proton M as Russia's heavy lift rocket It is also capable of carrying payloads bigger than 20 tonnes into orbit and in 2021 a launch pad will be opened for the new rocket.
Last year scientists found a defect in Angara's engines which could destry it in flight and it has also experienced manufacturing delays and technical issues.
However, the launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the country's northwest has been declared successful by the defence ministry and space agency Roscosmos.
Roscosmos has been embroiled in various corruption scandals in recent years, including during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country's far east where contractors were accused of stealing state funds.