Friday, June 27, 2014

Russia postpones Friday's planned launch of Angara space rocket (VIDEO RIANEWS)

The test launch of an Angara space rocket automatically aborted due to “technical issues,” Russian officials said. While the second attempt is scheduled for Saturday, President Putin has ordered the reasons for the launch failure be detailed in one hour.

The launch of the Angara was aborted just few minutes before the start due to “technical issues,” sources in the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. The mission was aborted automatically.

The new attempt is scheduled for Saturday, 3:15pm Moscow time (11:15 GMT).

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported the failure launch to Putin and requested one hour to establish the facts in the situation.

“Do not rush the work. Carefully analyze everything and report to me after an hour,” Putin told Shoigu.

Brand new Angara rockets, Russia's first new design of space vehicle since the Soviet era, have been in development since 1994. The defense program has cost over 100 billion rubles (around US$3 billion). Friday was to see a debut launch from the military space launch pad in Plesetsk, in the country’s north-east. It should have reached the Far East’s Kamchatka in 21 minutes.

Video: Angara Rocket Displayed at Khrunichev Center:


  1. Russia’s new Angara-1.2PP carrier rocket will be removed from the launch pad at the northern Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk Region, for additional checks after its flight scheduled for June 27 was cancelled.

    “On the recommendation of the chief designer and the Military Space Defesce Troops, the Angara-1.2PP rocket will be removed from the launch table and sent to the assembly and test facility for additional checks,” the Khrunichev Space Centre, which made the vehicle, told ITAR-TASS on Monday, June 30.

  2. On March 2, 1972, a balmy Thursday on Florida's humid Cape Canaveral peninsula, a NASA Atlas-Centaur rocket took off with a 570-lb payload called Pioneer 10. chandrayaan 2 photos Especially for a country that had less than a half an hour of manned space travel.


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