4 Rocket Base Angara Construction

Rocket Base Angara Construction

Posted on December 19, 2011 by


Plesetsk Cosmodrome is a spaceport, located in the Arkhangelsk Region. It was originally developed by the Soviet Union as a launch site for intercontinental ballistic missiles. On January 11, 1957 the Soviet Government passed the resolution about the foundation of a special military object with secret name ‘Angara’. This secret object had to be situated in Plesetsk District, the Arhangelsk Region. It was named after the town of Plesetsk. The first Soviet Combat formation of intercontinental ballistic missiles R-7 of General designer Koroljev had to be located in that place, in thick northern taiga to the south of Arhangelsk.

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March 17, 1966, was the space birthday of Plesetsk. That day was the first missile launching of the rocket booster Vostok with space vehicle Cosmos 112. Since that time the rocket base Angara has become cosmodrome Plesetsk.

By 1997, more than 1,500 launches to space had been made from the site, more than for any other launch facility, although the usage has declined significantly since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

The Angara rocket family is a family of space-launch vehicles currently under development by the Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. The rockets are intended to become the mainstay of the Russian unmanned launcher fleet in the future and replace several existing systems. The main purpose of the Angara rocket family is to secure Russia’s independent access to space. Angara will reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the independent republic of Kazakhstan, and will allow Russia to phase out foreign – mostly Ukrainian – rocket technology.

‘Construction 3. Command post’.

On September 2011 Space Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Russia will spend over 5 billion rubles ($170 mln) on the development and expansion of the cosmodrome in 2011. This includes the reconstruction of a local motorway, the construction of a new barracks and a cafeteria. The center’s energy supply system will also be modernized. New facilities will be built, including a dormitory, a medical center, parking lots, a hospital, and healthcare facilities.

Currently, the Soyuz rocket, Cosmos-3M, Rockot, and Tsyklon are launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

‘Construction 3. Command post’.

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4 Responses to “Rocket Base Angara Construction”

  1. (r)evolutionist says:

    While Russia invests in science and space, the U.S. is splintered bickering over teaching creationism/alternatives to evolution and praying in public schools as science budgets get slashed (and burned).

    • Gektor says:

      and too many people are making a much bigger deal of it than it really is.

      Religious nut-jobs exist in most countries, including yours, mine, and probably that other stupid one.

      And BTW, while yes, Russia is catching up in science and space, the US isn’t by any means behind the world. Go into Google news search and type MIT for example.

      • (r)evolutionist says:

        The difference is that the religious “nut-jobs” are on the State Boards of Education here in the States (Texas, Kansas, etc.) while in Russia the separation between Church and State is clear. In the U.S. it’s increasingly blurred as to disappear such as here in the Christian Theocracy of Texas.

  2. abba says:

    well i m not to sure about state/ church separation in Russia. Religion isnt an issue in Rusia because the Church is historicaly strongly connected with the state. that was true even in soviet times.

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