Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome Marks 20th Anniversary
More than 500 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 140 carrier rockets have been launched from Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome over the past 20 years. This came in a statement by Col. Alexey Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces.
“Over the past 20 years, 145 carrier rockets have been launched from Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome putting more than 200 satellites into orbit. The Russian Aerospace Defence Forces and Strategic Missile Forces have conducted more than 500 launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. More than 13 missile systems have been tested, three of which are on combat alert at the moment,” Mr. Zolotukhin said, adding that Plesetsk is due to become the main launch center for the majority of military spacecraft.
It should be noted that Soyuz-2.1v, Rokot, Kosmos-3M, Soyuz-2.1a and Soyuz-2.1b carrier rockets are currently used at the space center, with tests being conducted for the Angara facility expected to see the launch of the Angara-A5 carrier rocket in December 2014.