Construction of the Angara launch complex in Plesetsk has been rather slow, but apparently fairly steady. The Space Forces promise that the equipment will begin arriving in Plesetsk this year and in 2009 the launch complex will be ready. The first launch, however, is not expected until 2011.

At the same time, NPO Energomash is reporting progress in its work on a RD-191 engine that will power the first stage of the Angara launcher. The launcher is being designed by the Khrunichev GKNPTs design bureau.