Roscosmos Explained The High Cost Of The Angara Rocket
The high cost of the Angara rocket before the start of mass production is due to the need for the Khrunichev Center to work on two sites, according to the press service of Roscosmos.
Previously in the Center's report. Khrunichev pointed out that until 2024, the cost of Angara will be reduced from 7 billion rubles to 4 billion rubles.
"Until the end of the relocation of production to Omsk on the site OF the PO "Flight" Center. Khrunicheva is forced to work at two production sites, which creates additional overhead costs," said the representative of Roscosmos. As part of the tests, Angara is not produced in series, but piece-by-piece. "After the launch of serial production of a closed cycle, the cost of the product will decrease," the representative of the press service explained. Also, he noted that Angara (unlike Proton) will be created in a manned version, which increases its cost due to additional requirements for reliability.
Roscosmos also reminded of the imminent resumption of flight and design tests of the rocket and noted that the state Corporation and its enterprises "have started implementing the stage of introducing a new generation of launch vehicles of all classes - from light to superheavy-and will ensure their competitive tactical, technical and price characteristics."
They also indicated that the Khrunichev center would produce several Angara missiles at a cost of fewer than 5 billion rubles as part of the development work. "The contract for several missiles of this type within the framework of the development work was signed at a price of fewer than 5 billion rubles per rocket, which is already significantly lower than the starting price," the state Corporation noted.
In January 2019, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin announced that the state Corporation has adopted an action plan to improve the competitiveness of Russian withdrawal funds. According to him, special emphasis is placed on Angara and Soyuz-5.
Angara is a family of Russian launch vehicles from light to heavy classes. The new family uses environmentally friendly fuel components. So far, only two launches have been carried out, both from the Plesetsk cosmodrome: the light Angara-1.2PP was launched in July 2014, and the heavy Angara-A5 was launched in December 2014.