Russia has successfully launched its Angara-A5 rocket, which took off Monday evening from the military cosmodrome in Plessetsk (north), the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced.
The test launch of a heavy Angara rocket is the third since 2014. It was developed as part of a program to replace aging Proton launchers, whose technology dates back to the 1960s.
This new generation Angara rocket is distinguished by its propulsion technique based on a mixture of kerosene and liquid oxygen, much less polluting than the toxic propellants used for Protons.
After the stagnation that it has known since the fall of the USSR, the Russian space sector has endeavored in recent months to present a more conquering face, showing in particular its ambitions in space tourism, with, for example, the recent sending of a Japanese billionaire into orbit.