MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. A first space launching from the Vostochny cosmodrome, which is currently under construction, will be made in December 2015 when two satellites are to go into space, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.
"Until the end of 2015, we are to build a launching pad, a technical complex and a nearby settlement. The first space launching from Vostochny was scheduled for December 2015. In fact, two satellites are to be launched into space. By May 2015, both satellites will have been brought to the cosmodrome," Rogozin said. "After the construction of the launching pad is complete, we will get down to the Angara heavy carrier rocket project," he said.
Preparations for space launching of the Angara-5 carrier rocket, scheduled to go into space on December 25, 2014 are nearing completion, Rogozin said.
The Vostochny cosmodrome is being built in the area of the town of Uglegorsk in the Amur region. It will occupy an overall territory of 700 square kilometers.
Vostochny is Russia's first cosmodrome intended for civilian space projects, which will enable Russia to get independent access to space. At present, Russia carries out planned manned space launchings from Baikonur cosmodrome which Russia has been leasing from Kazakhstan.
The Vostochny cosmodrome is scheduled to go into full service in 2020.