Heavy Angara-A5 rocket passes control checks

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Specialists of the Center. Khrunichev is currently conducting final checks of the Angara-A5 heavy-class launch vehicle before being sent to the Plesetsk launch site. There are no comments on the product, said on Thursday the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin.

“This is our beauty” Angara A5 “with side blocks. Now there are checks at the Control and Testing Station of the Khrunichev Center. No critical comments have been identified,” Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

According to him, the Roscosmos expects by the end of April “to begin the transfer of the missile to the military for its further transportation to Plesetsk.”

In February, the Director General of the Center. MV Khrunichev Aleksey Varochko said that the second heavy carrier rocket “Angara-A5” should be sent to the Plesetsk cosmodrome ( Arkhangelsk region ) in March-April.

Angara is a family of Russian light to heavy launch vehicles. The new family uses environmentally friendly fuel components. So far, only two launches have been carried out, both from the Plesetsk cosmodrome: the light Angara-1.2PP launched in July 2014, the heavy Angara-A5 in December 2014.

Testing module “Science”

Specialists of the Khrunichev Center will test the Nauka multifunctional laboratory module (MLM) before sending it to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. These tests will last about a month, Rogozin also said.

“An important stage in the testing of a multifunctional laboratory module: MLM left its workplace in the Proton assembly and test building and is preparing for tests in a vacuum chamber. They will last about a month, then preparation for shipment to Baikonur,” the head of Roscosmos wrote in Twitter

In early April, he reported that the specialists of the Center. MV Khrunichev expect to complete the testing of the module “Science” in May.

Earlier, a source in the space and rocket industry told TASS that MLM tests had not been suspended, despite the non-working week introduced in Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to him, autonomous tests of the engine installation of the module are underway, then it will pass pneumatic vacuum tests, after which a train will be formed, and Nauka will be sent to Baikonur.

The launch of MLM Nauka is scheduled for 2021. The module is able to produce oxygen for six people, regenerate water from urine. With Science, Russian astronauts should get a second toilet, a cabin for a third crew member, as well as the European ERA manipulator, which will allow a number of tasks to be performed without going into outer space.

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