Russia Launches Angara-A5 Space Rocket At Third Attempt



A Russian rocket blasted off for a test flight on Thursday at the third try, after previous launch attempts earlier this week were aborted in the final seconds of countdown.

The flagship Angara A5 -- a powerful spacecraft designed to carry heavy payloads into low Earth orbit -- took off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, a live broadcast showed.

"The rocket worked according to plan. The upper stage separated ... and is currently putting the test payload into target orbit," the Roscosmos space agency said in a social media post shortly after the launch.

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