First Angara test flight is a success!

The suborbital test flight was a complete success.  The rocket has been in development since the early 90s, when the nascent Russian Federation realized it needed a completely domestic rocket (no Ukrainian components) that could be launched from within Russia (and not Kazakhstan) in case the former Soviet republics were no longer friendly and which would not use hazardous UDMH/N2O4 propellants (unlike Proton).  But it almost immediately faced insurmountable budget challenges, slowing development to a snail’s pace.  But a dedicated team of engineers kept plugging along and now they’ve got the funding to finish it.

SpaceflightNow has pictures of the flight

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