Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

 

A new booster for commercial launch has been announced by International Launch Services (ILS) – Russia’s Angara 1.2 launcher.

The Angara 1.2 vehicle will be available for launch in 2017.

Launches will be conducted from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia.

According to ILS, given the availability of the Angara booster, augmented with the heavy-lift Proton vehicle, the company “now has capability to launch the entire range of satellite masses with both vehicles serving the market.”

Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

The Proton and Angara vehicles are manufactured by Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center, the majority owner of ILS.

ILS possesses the exclusive rights to market the Angara vehicle to commercial customers.

The Angara family of launchers will support virtually all spacecraft to all orbits, altitudes and inclinations for the low-, medium-, and heavy-lift spacecraft market.

The Angara 1.2 launch vehicle can lift 3 metric tons to low Earth orbit and was successfully flight demonstrated on July 9, 2014 from the Plesetsk launch site.

Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

Credit: Khrunichev State Research and Space Production Center

The first flight of Angara 5, the heavy-lift variant, was conducted on December 23, 2014. The next Angara 5 flight is planned for 2016 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The Angara 5 will be available for geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) missions in the 2021 timeframe, according to ILS, following completion of the Vostochny Cosmodrome launch site, located on the east coast of Russia.

Angara 5 liftoff Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense

Angara 5 liftoff
Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense

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