Russia’s Angara A5 Rocket failed at final Demonstration mission

Russia’s Angara A5 Rocket failed at final Demonstration mission
Russia’s Angara A5 Rocket failed at final Demonstration mission

On Monday, December 27, Russia launched its third and final demonstration flight of the Angara A5 rocket. The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre are developing and building Angara. It will take the place of several existing launch vehicles. The rocket, on the other hand, crashed to the ground.


Angara used a new Persei upper stage to place its 2,400 kg mass simulator near geostationary orbit (GEO). The Persei upper stage burned twice after a few hours to place the payload in a graveyard orbit a few hundred kilometres above GEO. Persei only made it to a low Earth parking orbit before experiencing engine failure, according to Russian reports. The Angara A5 heavy-lift rocket re-entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean at 4:08 p.m. EST on January 5, uncontrollably (2108 GMT). 

The development of a new rocket began in 1992 to ensure Russia’s ability to conduct orbital launches without relying on the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Angara, a fully Russian-designed and launched rocket, is scheduled to launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.