Russian Angara A5 Heavy Lift Space Rocket Successfully Test-Launched for Second Time

Russia on Monday successfully test-launched its heavy lift spacecraft Angara A5 for the second time, the country’s military and space officials said.

The rocket rose Monday morning from the Plesetsk spaceport in northwestern Russia.

“It’s flying, damn it!” Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted after the launch.

Its first successful test launch took place in 2014 and was hailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “an important achievement for our space rocket industry and for Russia in general.”

Angara A5 is designed to replace the Proton M rocket, but its development and manufacturing have suffered delays and technical problems.

Roscosmos on Monday touted the increased environmental safety of the Angara rockets as they “do not use aggressive and toxic fuses, significantly increasing environmental safety both in the areas next to the launch complex and in the drop zones.”

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