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Russia Testing New Angara Rocket

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Russia begins comprehensive Angara rocket testing at Plesetsk

The cosmodrome’s crew has finished testing the rocket’s components and systems

MOSCOW, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has begun testing its new Angara rocket carrier at the northern Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk Region.

The cosmodrome’s crew has finished testing the rocket’s components and systems and has begun comprehensive rocket tests. “Based on the results of the comprehensive tests, the state commission will make the final decision on Angara’s readiness for the first launch,” Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin, the Defense Ministry’s spokesperson for the Aerospace Defense Troops, told ITAR-TASS on Thursday, June 26.

The first launch of the light-weight version of the rocket is scheduled for June 27.

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Angara rocket launch automatically delayed for one day — spaceport Plesetsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an hour to study the situation related to the automatic launch abortion of space rocket Angara

PLESETSK, June 27. /ITAR-TASS/. A launch of space rocket Angara has been automatically delayed for a day. “The automatic launch abortion system went off, and the launch was delayed for a day,” a representative of the Aerospace Defense Troops told reporters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an hour to study the situation related to the automatic launch abortion of space rocket Angara.

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'Angara' Launch Postponed Due to Loss of Pressure in Fuel System

MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - The test launch of Russia’s new "environmentally friendly" Angara rocket was postponed due to the loss of pressure in one of the valves within the fuel flow system, a source in the Russian space industry told RIA Novosti Monday.

"The automatic launch cancellation, according to preliminary data, occurred about 15 seconds ahead of the start. The reason is purely technical: a poorly sealed drainage pressurization valve within the oxidizer manifold. To resolve the issue, the fuel will be drained, the carrier rocket will be taken off the launch pad and moved to a maintenance area," the source informed RIA Novosti.

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Next Angara Launch Attempt Weeks Away

Russia's new Angara rocket will not fly any time soon, as engineers continue to work on making sure the vehicle is in full working order following Friday's aborted launch, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.

"The next launch will not, of course, be in the coming days. I think that it will take weeks before the Angara booster will be returned to the launch complex," Rogozin told journalists touring the construction site of Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome, which will be the rocket's main launch site once it is finished in 2017.

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Second attempt to launch Angara rocket may be made July 9 - daily

The first test launch of the light class rocket Angara-1.2PP was originally expected to take place on June 27

MOSCOW, July 05, /ITAR-TASS/. A second attempt to launch the Angara rocket from the northern Plesetsk space site may be made on Wednesday, July 9, the daily Kommersant said with reference to a source at the Russian Defence Ministry.

“On July 5 a government commission is to meet in session to make a decision whether the rocket is ready for launch,” the daily quotes the ministry’s official as saying. According to the source, there are no objective reasons to postpone further tests till a later date.

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