Source: Athena Yenko |

Russia had successfully test-fired its Angara-A5 rocket that Russian President Vladimir Putin said will bolstered the country’s defence capability. The Angara-A5 rocket’s payload can launch “missile attack warning systems, as well as equipment for reconnaissance, navigation, and communication,” Mr Putin said.

“This rocket is intended to put payloads measuring up to 24.5 metric tons to low-earth circular orbits,” Mr. Putin highlighted at the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation or CSTO. With the successful launch of the rocket, Russia had once again proved that it “remains among the world leaders of space exploration,” Mr. Putin said as reported by The Sputnik International.

The Angara-A5 had rocketed from the Plesetsk Space Complex by Space Forces crew on Dec. 23 with Mr Putin watching via live video stream. The launch was supervised by Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, giving updates to Mr. Putin every step of the way.

Mr. Putin said that the most advanced technologies were used in the heavyweight Angara-A5 rocket. He also said that it can be used to transport existing and future space equipment of the military, as well as economic and research application to any orbit.

Angara-A5 is the first ever rocket that was launched right into geostationary orbit. The first stage of the rocket is capable of releasing up to 25 tons even with a low orbit. It is powered by RD-191, an engine type that uses kerosene and oxygen as fuel manufactured by NPO Ebergomash of Khimki Russia. It can generate about 2 million pounds of thrust at maximum throttle capable of ejecting the rocket into the space.

Packed with kerosene, liquid oxygen and hypergolic propellants, the Angara-A5 weighs 773 metric tonnes, making it the largest Russian launcher ever fired in the country since the late 1980’s.

The 180-foot-tall rocket had successfully released a Breeze M upper stage 12 minutes after its liftoff. It then began firing engines, placing a dummy satellite into geostationary orbit of 22,300 miles over the equator — working as expected according to the Russian Ministry of Defence as reported by SpaceFlightNow. The Breeze M main engine was designed to ignite four times within hours, reaching the rocket’s targeted orbit.