UPDATE - Russia To Launch New Angara Carrier Rocket In 2024 - Space Research Center

MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 23rd October, 2019) Russia's new Angara-A5M carrier rocket is expected to be launched from the Vostochny space center in 2024, the chief designer at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center told Sputnik.

"The Angara-A5M launch vehicle is planned to be launched approximately at the end of 2024," Sergey Kuznetsov said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, space industry sources told Sputnik that a test launch of the new Angara-A5 heavy-class carrier rocket had been delayed until 2020. As compared to Angara-A5, the Angara-A5M is a modernized version with a different first-stage engine that will allow it to carry heavier loads.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Angara-A5M rocket was expected to be launched for the first time in 2025, while the launch of the Angara-A5 rocket was scheduled for 2021.

The Angara family includes several environmentally-friendly carrier rockets of various classes.