Angara A5 launch (Credit: Khrunichev)
by Douglas MessierManaging Editor
TASS reports that Russia plans to cut the price of its Angara launch vehicle from seven to four billion rubles ($100.3 to $57.3 million) by 2024.
The high cost price of the latest Angara carrier rocket before the start of its serial production is due to the need for the Khrunichev Space Center to work at two sites, the press office of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos told TASS on Monday.“Before the production process is fully moved to the site of the Polyot company in Omsk, the Khrunichev Space Center has to work at two production sites, which creates additional overhead costs,” a Roscosmos spokesman said.As part of its trials, the Angara rocket is being produced singly instead of serially, he said.“After the serial full-cycle production is launched, the item’s cost price will decrease,” the spokesman said.
The lower cost will help Russia to compete with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters.
Angara is a modular family of boosters capable of launching light, medium and heavy payloads weighing up to 37.5 metric tons into low Earth orbit.
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