The launch of a heavy carrier rocket "Angara-A5" from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, previously scheduled for December 24, was canceled by the automation of the launch complex. This was announced by a RIA Novosti source in the rocket and space industry.
"At present, a state mission is working at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, which is studying the reasons for canceling the launch on Friday and deciding the issue of the possibility of launching the Angara-A5 carrier rocket on Saturday (December 25 - Ed.)," The agency's interlocutor said.
According to a TASS source , an automatic command to rebound the launch was formed "one and a half minutes before the start."
The detached parts of the launch vehicle, presumably, will fall on the territory of the Kargasoksky, Parabelsky, Kolpashevsky and Verkhneketsky districts of the Tomsk region. On December 9, regional authorities urged citizens to be more careful. and refrain from visiting these areas during launch.
On December 3, Dmitry Rogozin, the general director of Roscosmos, announced that a test launch of the light version of the Angara rocket would take place in the first half of 2022 .
In October, the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, Sergei Surovikin, said that two launches of the Angara-A5 heavy launch vehicle and two launches of its light version are planned from the Plesetsk cosmodrome next year. According to him, the Angara-A5 rocket is currently being assembled, the launch date will be set on December 20.