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Russia Will Start Making New Soyuz-5 Rocket Next Year, Progress Space Centre's Director Says

© Photo : Roscosmos / Go to the mediabankLaunch of Soyuz rocket carrier
Launch of Soyuz rocket carrier - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Developers will start making the Soyuz-5 rocket (Irtysh) that Russia is planning in order to replace Ukraine’s Zenit launch vehicles in mid-2021, General Director of Russian Space Rocket Centre Progress Dmitry Baranov said.
"At the start of next year we will get a new aluminum alloy [1580] that we will use to make a small number of testing samples, and I think that by the middle of the year [2021], possibly, we will already start making designs specifically for the launch vehicle", Baranov said.

In 2016, Russia started working on the new Soyuz-5 (Irtysh) rocket to replace the Zenit launch vehicles produced in Ukraine.

In July 2018, Russian space agency Roscosmos signed an $8.1 million (61.2 billion rubles) contract with Rocket and Space Corporation Energia for the design and testing of Soyuz-5. Progress Space Centre will develop and manufacture the new launch vehicle.

In July, Roscosmos announced that its subsidiary Energia had signed an agreement with Kazakh company Baiterek to create a Soyuz-5 launch complex at the Baikonur space centre.

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