A year after its last launch, Russia’s newest rocket takes off again – and things don’t quite go as planned.
Angara A5 . third test flight rocket took off from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwestern Russia on Monday (December 27). According to media reports, the launch pad had reached low Earth orbit but could not climb higher as planned due to engine failure in its upper stage Persei booster. .
“There was no chance to continue Angara’s test flight beyond the initial low orbit due to main engine failure on the Persei space tug,” said RussianSpaceWeb.com’s Anatoly Zak. wrote on Twitter Monday night, citing an unnamed source.
Russian space industry officials have formed a commission to investigate the Persei engine failure, Zak added in a statement. tweet on Thursday (December 30).
Angara (named after a river in Siberia) A5 was the first heavy-lift vehicle used by the Russian space agency. Roscosmos since the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago.
Its first test flight, in December 2014, sent a dummy two-ton object into geosynchronous orbit. Its second test flight was slated for 2016, but delays and supply problems have delayed it until December 2020. when it has successfully loaded another dummy payload.
According to Russian officialsAngara A5 is more environmentally friendly than its predecessors, as it uses oxygen and kerosene as fuel instead of the toxic heptyl. Russian officials hope the new rocket will provide a boost to the nation’s private space industry; surname build a new launcher for it at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East.
This third launch, again using a dummy payload, is the first to bring the new upper deck Persei booster. At first, the launch went smoothly. Angara A5’s first two stages fired as planned, and then Persei successfully pushed the payload into low Earth orbit.
Anagara A5’s next flight is scheduled for March, carrying a communications satellite. By the end of the 2020s, the missile is expected to begin to upgrade Russia, which is in the process of development Orel crew.
https://www.space.com/russia-angara-a5-rocket-test-launch-partial-failure Russia launches heavy Angara rocket on 3rd test flight, but misses expected trajectory: report