Proton Failure Sets Back Russian Space Program

By Amy Svitak
Source: AWIN First

Khrunichev shipped the first flight model of the lightweight Angara 1.2 rocket to Plesetsk Cosmodrome May 28 in preparation for its inaugural launch next year. Khrunichev says it is also continuing work on the heavy-lift Angara A5, which it expects to ship to Plesetsk in November.

ILS had planned 12 Proton launches in 2013, but it says the launch failure investigation and review of the findings will delay upcoming missions, including the July 20 launch of Astra 2F for commercial fleet operator SES.

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