Started routine check of the rocket Angara A5

Specialists of the Center. Khrunichev currently conducting the final checks of the carrier rocket heavy class "Angara-A5" before sending it to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Comments to the product no, said Thursday the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin.

"It is our beauty "Angara-A5" side blocks. Now go check on the Control-test station of the Center Khrunichev. Criticisms is not revealed", – Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

According to him, the Russian space Agency expect until the end of April "to start the transfer of the missiles to the military for further transport to the Plesetsk".

In February the General Director of the Center. M. V. Khrunichev Alex Morocco said that the second booster heavy class "Angara-A5" should be sent to the Plesetsk cosmodrome (Arkhangelsk region) in March-April.

"Angara" – a family of Russian launch vehicles from light to heavy classes. The new collection uses environmentally friendly components of fuels. There was only two launches, both from Plesetsk: easy "Angara-1.2 PP" was launched in July 2014, heavy "Angara-A5" – in December 2014.


module Test "Science"

The specialists of the Khrunichev Centre will conduct trials of the multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) "Science" before sending it to the Baikonur cosmodrome. These tests will last about a month, also said Rogozin.

"Important step during testing of the multipurpose laboratory module MLM, left his job in the Assembly and testing facility "Protons" and preparing for tests in a vacuum chamber. They will last about a month, then preparation for shipment to Baikonur", – wrote the head of the Russian space Agency on Twitter.

In early April he reported that the specialists of the Center. M. V. Khrunichev expected to complete module test "Science" in may.

Earlier, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS that the test MLM is not suspended despite non-working week, introduced in Russia due to pandemic coronavirus. According to him, now go offline testing of the propulsion system module, it would then be pneumovacuum test, and then formed the train, and "Science" will be sent to Baikonur.

The launch of the MLM "Science" is scheduled for 2021. The module is able to produce oxygen for six people, a regenerating water from urine. With "Science" Russian cosmonauts have to get a second toilet, a cabin for a third crew member, as well as the European robotic arm ERA, which will allow you to perform a number of works without the EVAs.