Russia successfully launched the Angara A5 space rocket on Monday for the second time, the country’s military and space officials said.
The rocket lifted on Monday morning from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwestern Russia.
“Fly, damn it!” Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, posted on Twitter after launch.
Its first successful launch test took place in 2014 and was hailed by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a major achievement for our space rocket industry and for Russia in general.”
The Angara A5 is designed to replace the Proton M heavy lifting rocket, but its development and production have been affected by delays and technical issues.
Roscosmos on Monday called for increased environmental safety for Angara missiles, as they “do not use aggressive and toxic propellants, significantly increasing environmental safety in both the areas adjacent to the launch complex and in the fall areas.”
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