Russia Angara A5 heavy-duty space rocket successfully launched for the second time

Russia on Monday successfully tested its Angara A5 space rocket for the second time, the country’s military and space officials said.

The rocket took off Monday morning from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwestern Russia.

“Fly, damn it!” Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, tweeted after 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 missile industry and for Russia in general.”

Angara A5 is designed to replace the Proton M heavy-duty rocket, but its development and production have been plagued with delays and technical issues.

On Monday Roscosmos publicized the increased environmental safety of Angara rockets, as “they do not use aggressive and toxic propellants, significantly increasing environmental safety both in the areas adjacent to the launch complex and in the launch zones”.

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