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Which Rockets Did Putin and Kim See at the Vostochny Cosmodrome?

© Михаил Метцель Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome in Amur region, Russia. Mikhail Metzel / POOL
 Russian President Vladimir Putin waits to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a visit to the Vostochny cosmodrome in Amur region, Russia. Mikhail Metzel / POOL - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.09.2023
During a meeting with Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin said that he is proud of how the space field is being developed in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un started their meeting with a tour of the Soyuz-2 space rocket launch facility at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East’s Amur region.
The two leaders were briefed on the progress in the assembly of a new Angara booster, as well as on the characteristics of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle.
They visited the installation and test facility, where one of the technical rooms was completely modernized for the assembly of the Angara rocket.

Soyuz 2 Rocket

Putin noted that apart from the Vostochny and Plesetsk spaceports, Russia also continues using the Baikonur Cosmodrome to launch the Soyuz 2 rockets.
Kim, in turn, was interested in the characteristics of the Soyuz rockets, including their engine power. He was told that the lifting capacity of the rocket to low orbits is nine tons if the booster is launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
According to Putin, it is more effective compared to the launch of a rocket from the Plesetsk or Baikonur spaceports.

The Soyuz-2’s command post building can withstand the impact of falling component stages of the launch vehicle, and the facility’s massive walls and ceiling are designed to protect personnel from a potential accident.

The refueling of launch vehicle tanks takes place from stationary oxygen, nitrogen, kerosene, and naphthyl units. The decision to run the filling hoses underground was made for safety reasons. The total area of the Soyuz-2 complex is 25,000 square meters.
Soyuz-2 is a family of three-stage medium-class launch vehicles, developed and produced by the Progress missile space center based in the Russian city of Samara.
© Sputnik / Sergei Mamontov / Go to the mediabankSoyuz-2 Rocket With Soyuz MS-14 Spacecraft
Soyuz-2 Rocket With Soyuz MS-14 Spacecraft - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.09.2023
Soyuz-2 Rocket With Soyuz MS-14 Spacecraft
The booster’s family also includes the two-stage light class Soyuz-2.1v launch vehicle.
The Soyuz-2 launch vehicle is internationally known for its high reliability, multitask capability and orbital insertion accuracy. The rocket remains the basic launch vehicle for manned missions to the International Space Station.

Angara Rocket

Currently, the construction of a launch pad for the Angara rockets is near to being completed, a facility that will enable scientists from the Vostochny Cosmodrome to implement programs on exploring the solar system and beyond.
Yury Borisov, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, earlier announced that the launch complex for Angara rockets would start operating before the end of this year.
The facility has an area of 109 hectares and includes a 28-meter-high launch structure, a command post, oxygen, as well as nitrogen and naphthyl technological units and water storage tanks.
"Angara" is a family of the latest Russian modular launch vehicles of various payloads, created on the basis of universal rocket modules fitted with oxygen-kerosene engines.
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Go to the mediabankPlesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region
Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.09.2023
Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region
The family includes launch vehicles from light to heavy classes with a payload ranging from 3.5 tons (Angara-1.2) to 38 tons (Angara-A5V) in low Earth orbit.
Notably, the Angara rocket does not use aggressive or toxic fuel components, which adds significantly to improving environmental safety, both in the areas adjacent to the launch complex and territories where the expended spent stages of launch vehicles fall.
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