Russia will test launch its new generation Angara booster rocket in 2012, the Russian space force commander said Thursday.
Oleg Ostapenko told local media that the Angara booster rocket is expected to be fully prepared for launch in 2012, adding that "everything is going according to plan."
Angara rockets, designed to provide lifting capabilities between 2,000 and 40,500 kg into low earth orbit, are expected to become the core of Russia's carrier rocket fleet, replacing several existing systems.
The rockets have a modular design similar to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), based on a common Universal Rocket Module (URM).
Russia in October successfully launched a military satellite by "Molniya-M" carrier rocket.