The first launch of Angara launch vehicle (LV) was rescheduled for June 27th 2014, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a source close to the space industry.
The Angara Family comprising light, medium and heavy launch vehicles will be able to place into orbit almost any advanced payload on behalf of Russian Ministry of Defense within the limits of required range of altitudes and orbit inclinations.
"The launch initially scheduled for June 25th was postponed (it will take place at Plesetsk cosmodrome). The first launch is of great importance, that is why additional inspections are required", — the source said.
Angara rockets will not use any aggressive or toxic fuels; this fact helps improve the environmental security indicators in the region near the cosmodrome as well as in the rocket impact areas.
The Angara Family is being developed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre; it comprises LVs of different classes: from light to heavy (with a payload varying from 1.5 to 35 tons). The heavy Angara LV should be launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome in late 2014. The first manned flight of heavy Angara rocket is scheduled for 2018 (the LV will be launched from Vostochny cosmodrome located in Amur Region).