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Construction of two new launch pads for Angara rocket to be started at Vostochny spaceport

June 04, 2015, 9:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The deputy prime minister said that it will be universal launch pads for the Angara A5, Angara 5V rockets and the light class Angara rocket
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MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. In January 2016, after the first launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, the construction of two new launch pads for various modifications of the Angara carrier rocket will be started, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.

"In January, just after the blast-off from the first launch pad we will immediately proceed to the second stage of the Vostochny cosmodrome construction," he said in an interview with the Rosiye 24 TV channel. "The construction scope will be expanded for installing two more launch pads for the Angara rocket."

The deputy prime minister said that it will be universal launch pads for the Angara A5, Angara 5V rockets and the light class Angara rocket. According to him, the plans also envisage the construction of an airfield at the spaceport, roads and other infrastructure.

"There are plenty of plans and all of them are also provided with cost estimating documentation," Rogozin said, adding that normalisation of the construction progress has taken a major effort and it was also necessary to "learn the language of the builders," as well as to overcome problems with a multilayer subcontracting system.

Infographics Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket Russia’s Angara A5 heavy-load space carrier rocket

The new Russian Angara A5 heavy-load rocket was successfully test-launched on December 23, 2014. Infographics by TASS

Vostochny spaceport construction 

The construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Far East has reached the required pace, Russian Deputy Prime Minister said.

"The construction pace is finally at the necessary level," Rogozin said.

The construction works have entered the final straight and preparations are underway for the launch of the carrier rocket that is expected in December this year, he said.

"We are finishing the main construction works at the launching pad which should be ready to receive sophisticated sensitive technological equipment manufactured by the plants of Roscosmos [Russia’s space agency]’," Rogozin said.

Rogozin has thanked the students who are arriving at the construction site. "This year, we will have around 1,500 students. They will ‘rock’ this construction in a good sense," he said, adding that even the arrival of 500 students last year helped to ramp up construction.

The Vostochy cosmodrome is being built near the Uglegorsk town in the Amur region that will soon get the name of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The complex will include two launch facilities, an aerodrome, cosmonauts’ flight training facilities, an oxygen-nitrogen plant and hydrogen plant, 115 kilometres of automobile roads and 125 kilometres of railways and other facilities. The first rocket to be launched from Vostochny is to be the Soyuz-2.1a, made by the Progress Rocket and Space Centre. The carrier rocket will place into orbit the Samara satellite Aist-2, the SamSat-218 nanosatellite of the Samara State Aerospace University and the Lomonosov satellite of Moscow State University (MGU).

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