“Angara-A5” will soon become much cheaper, promise in Roskosmos
The new Angara-A5 heavy-class space rocket is now three times more expensive than the Proton-M predecessor, but will soon become cheaper. This was reported in the press service of the state corporation Roscosmos.
Previously, from documents of the Khrunichev Center (structure of Roscosmos) it became known that one “Angara-A5” currently worth 7 billion rubles. At the same time, the production of Proton-M for launching the telecommunications satellite Express-AMU4, according to data from the government procurement site, will cost 2.33 billion rubles.
Roskosmos explains the high assembly costs new missiles in two cities – Moscow and Omsk, as well as piece manufacture. But now the Khrunichev Center has signed a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry for the serial production of Angara missiles. In total, four launch vehicles will be manufactured.
The cost of each Angara-A5 for the Ministry of Defense under the contract for the continuation of flight tests is already less than 5 billion rubles. And after the consolidation of the entire missile production cycle in Omsk, the cost will drop to 4 billion rubles.
The Angara-A5 will still remain much more expensive
However, by 2024, when the Angara will be mass-produced, its cost will remain one and a half times higher than that of Proton-M. Angara-A5 is to be replaced by Proton-M, which is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome rented from Kazakhstan and is scheduled for decommissioning in 2025.
The first launch of the Angara-A5 rocket took place in December 2014 from the cosmodrome in Plesetsk. Then, the satellite’s model was also put into geostationary orbit. According to a source in the RIA Novosti agency in the rocket and space industry, the second test launch is tentatively scheduled for November 3, 2020.
The rocket with the Briz-M booster will be put into geostationary orbit (a circular orbit with an altitude of 35.78 thousand kilometers ) spacecraft layout. : ///
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