VLADIVOSTOK, April 5 (Itar-Tass) – The year 2014 will be most strenuous in building Russia’s new Vostochny spaceport, Minister for the Development of the Far East and presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Viktor Ishayev said.
He said the maximum amount of work is scheduled for 2014 when 7,000 people will be employed in the project.
Ishayev visited the construction site on Thursday, April 4. He noted that “work is only getting underway and there are 3,700 people currently employed here but their number will soon grow to 7,000.”
The envoy said his visit was a routine one and its results would be reported to President Vladimir Putin.
Putin said earlier that the creation of the new spaceport Vostochny in the Far East should confirm Russia’s high scientific and technological status.
“The implementation of this project should confirm the high scientific and technological status of Russia,” he said.
In his opinion, the new spaceport should become “yet another strongpoint for the development of our Far East.”
Vostochny should become operational in 2015 and start sending manned missions in 2018.
The new spaceport is to ensure the implementation of practically all forward-looking space projects, including manned missions, a new generation of spacecraft and inter-planetary systems. The construction and use of the spaceport will boost the development of the Russian Far East and make it more attractive to investors, the prime minister said.
The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said it would be a compact, modern and environmentally friendly spaceport and the propellant to be used in the rockets to be launched from Vostochny will not contain any toxic components.