During the first launch of the Russian heavy rocket “Angara-A5”, which took place on December 23, 2014, the required mass was not put into low-earth orbit, Dmitry Rogozin, general director of Roscosmos, told TASS.
According to him, “this test did not confirm the customer's requirements.” “The removed mass turned out to be lower than necessary,” the manager noted.
Rogozin recalled that “as a result, a complete revision of the design documentation was required.” “The second launch of the launch vehicle is scheduled for November from Plesetsk. While preparations are underway for the launch, ”the head of the state corporation promised.
In October, a TASS source in the rocket and space industry reported that the second-ever launch of the Russian Angara-A5 heavy rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome is scheduled for November 24.
In July, the former general director and ex-designer of the Khrunichev Center, Vladimir Nesterov, explained the high cost of Angara-A5. “Wages, electricity, gas, heat, overhead costs, transport services need to be entered somewhere. And when a three-fold production cycle is hung on one product, naturally, its price triples, ”said the former head.
In the financial report of the Khrunichev Center for 2019, it was reported that the cost of production of Angara-A5 is seven billion rubles, which is three times more expensive than the Proton-M rocket, which it has to replace.
The Khrunichev Center is considered the most problematic and unprofitable enterprise of Roscosmos. One of the company's failed projects is the development of a family of carriers “Angara”, which in the heavy version should replace the “Proton-M”. The creation of missiles has been going on for more than a quarter of a century and required more than three billion dollars. In light and heavy versions, the carrier flew twice (in July and December 2014). Currently, the debts of the Khrunichev Center exceed 80 billion rubles, which is comparable to the annual budget of the state corporation.