MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) – The United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC) is planning to start launching five Angara heavy rockets a year by 2025, according to the program of financial recovery at the Khrunichev Center, presented by the URSC Deputy CEO Pavel Popov.
"Since 2021, Proton [carrier rocket] will be used almost exclusively for commercial launches. Angara is to be used for federal launches, starting in 2018. There will be seven launches per year between 2023-2025. But on average, we'll have about five of them," Popov said.
From 2018 to 2020, the company will produce two rockets a year, and four in 2021-2022. According to the presentation in 2023, the Center will produce six rockets, and in 2024-2025 seven Angara-A5 rockets will be produced annually.
The annual number of Proton-M rockets produced at the company will be gradually reduced from 11 in the current year to eight by 2018. By 2025, only 5 Proton-M rockets are listed in the Center's production plans.
The Angara family of space-launch vehicles is designed to provide lifting capabilities of between 2,000 and 40,500 kilograms into a low Earth orbit. They have been in development since 1995.