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originally posted by: ausername
I've had way, way more than 40 years on this planet, and I can tell you that the ignorance of racism and general confrontational, judgemental nature is not exclusive, it is within every soul on this planet.
It is the inherent flaw in mankind that will lead it to its own doom eventually.
After two decades in development, the new Russian Angara space booster finally reached the launch pad in 2014. The flight testing of the new-generation rocket family was scheduled to start with the light-weight Angara-1 launcher. In addition to paving the way for a much larger workhorse vehicle, Angara-1 was being positioned as the main light-weight delivery system for compact satellites of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the domestic civilian space agency Roskosmos and for international customers around the world. In all three roles, Angara-1 was expected to replace space launchers converted from ballistic missiles, such as Rockot and Dnepr. Unlike its Cold-War predecessors, Angara would use much less toxic propellants in most of its propulsion systems and use newer hardware built entirely inside Russia. However, at the same time, Angara-1 enters a crowded launch market on the heels of other new players in the same 'weight category' at home and abroad, such as the European Vega and the Russian Soyuz-2-1v rockets. The URM-1 standard module will serve as a first-stage booster for all versions of the Angara rocket. Angara-1 would feature one URM-1, Angara-3 would be made of three URMs and Angara-5 would sport five URMs. Finally, Angara-7, if ever approved for development, could feature six URM-1 boosters. All URM modules will feature a liquid propellant stage equipped with the RD-191 engine and burning kerosene fuel and and liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. The engine has the capability to gimbal in its suspension system in order to steer the rocket along the pitch and yaw axis. The roll of the vehicle will be controlled with two aerodynamic stabilizers and four thrusters installed in the tail of the rocket and fed by a hot gas generated in the main engine.
originally posted by: wildespace
Meanwhile in Russia... they are developing a new modular rocket system "Angara" that will be relatively cheap, efficient, and will allow delivery of up to 36 tonnes of payload into low-earth orbit, as well as smaller payloads into geostationary orbit. But it will be even more powerful than Proton, and currently has no equivalent in the world.
originally posted by: nighthawk1954
America accomplished many amazing things in WII. Maybe it's time for NASA and the private space companies to crank it up a notch!