Flight tests of the heavy version of the "Angara" reduced to six launches

At the Royal Readings on Cosmonautics in Moscow, the main researcher at the Research Institute of Space Systems named after A. A. Maksimov ”(Research Institute of CS) Yuri Klimenko said that flight tests of the Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicle (LV) will be substantially reduced. NII KS is a structural unit of JSC “State Space Research and Production Center named after M.V. Khrunicheva ”(JSC“ State Scientific and Production Center named after M.V. Khrunichev ”), which, in turn, is part of the state corporation“ Roskosmos ”.

So, according to Klimenko, the flight tests of the Angara-A5 launch vehicle at the Plesetsk cosmodrome were reduced from ten to six launches. At the same time, there may be even fewer test launches from Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Unfortunately, the volume of flight tests is reduced, even for the fifth "Angara" (from Plesetsk -ed.) There were ten launches, now there are only six launches. For Amur (Vostochny Cosmodrome) there will be even less

- said Klimenko.

After that, some experts began to actively explain what was happening. For example, the supervisor of the Space Institute policy (IKP) Ivan Moiseev suggested that the decision to reduce the testing of the Angara-A5 LV could be related to the desire for an early launch of the missile system.

At the current launch frequency, when we have one rocket flying every six years, flight tests will stretch for 20 years. According to world practice, two to three flights are enough to complete the flight tests of the rocket

- said Moses.

In this regard, the reduction in flight tests can only be welcomed, since this indicates the confidence of designers in the correctness of technical solutions

- added Moses.

At the same time, Moiseev did not go into details about “world practice” and about “we have one rocket every six years,” not to mention “the confidence of the designers.” Moreover, Moiseev told the newspaper "Sight"that the test of the emergency rescue system of the manned spacecraft “Oryol” (the former “Federation”) by means of the destruction of the Angara-A5 LV, “practically” will not give a result. Consequently, the money will be wasted. He did not specify the safety of the astronauts.

We have a good rescue system that has been repeatedly tested. In order to test it, it is not necessary to use a rocket. You can, of course, for a more accurate picture, but it is very expensive. Yes, and will give a little in comparison with conventional tests

- stressed Moses.

It should be recalled that from 2014 to the present Moiseev is a member of the expert council under the Russian government. And the organization headed by him was created in May 1993 by the Russian Space Agency, the Russian Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Expert Firm “Yurek” with the support of the Commission on Transport, Communications, Informatics and Space of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation as an independent and non-profit research organization.
  • Photos used: Andrey Morgunov / mil.ru / wikipedia.org
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 31 January 2020 20: 06
    Как constructors such a complex (a priori designed "at the limit" of safety margins, "theoretically" comprehensively lightened and "cheapened" by procurement tenders for components !!!) multicomponent structure, like a new launch vehicle, can be at least 80% sure in your product without enough test runs (in some in practice, under real workloads, the inevitable flaws of the “theory” of design, flaws in the manufacture of parts and assemblies, assembly errors, negative vicissitudes of the transportation of the rocket to the launch site and errors in the “protocols” of preparing it for launch and the launch itself appear, “creep out sideways”) - Is this Moses thinking ?! what
    The impression is that in "Roskosmos" insufficiently competent amateurs are in charge, "telling a lot" and knowing only how to "effectively master" government "financial flows", but "economizing" with might and main in the "space business" ??! winked
    But "saving on tests" in the end turns out to be mega expensive in a disaster "as a result of undertesting"! After all, there are a lot of hard-to-measure factors accompanying the success and failure of the launch of the carrier rocket with the cargo being put into orbit!
    It is not for nothing that one of the legendary "will take a successful start" of the Baikonur cosmodrome is associated with the superstitious prelaunch repetition of the handwritten name "Tanya" on board the royal "sevens", the most tried and tested by many successful launches of the launch vehicle ??! winked
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 2 February 2020 10: 49
    Over the past 20 years, we have nothing TO brag about in space. Even the satellites are not enough. And Moses makes such statements as if we are kings in space. All rules and instructions are written in blood. And in order to deviate from them, and even more so to violate, we need more compelling reasons than saving money!
  3. Alien on this holiday of life 2 February 2020 15: 53
    Yes, you and these six launches will not hold, a generation of Putin's {geniuses}. Tell me better honestly, we need a new topic, everything was stolen on the old one.