One person dies in fire at gunpowder factory in Russia's KazanWorld March 24, 21:47
Russia's 'Gentlefan' baton passed on to Krasnodar ahead of Cote d’Ivoire friendlySport March 24, 21:34
Brazil’s football star Carlos: Germany, Portugal to meet in 2017 Confederations Cup finalSport March 24, 20:45
Belarus to stamp on any conflict unleashed as in Ukraine, president saysWorld March 24, 19:41
Russia to stage best ever edition of FIFA Confederations Cup this year — Brazil’s CarlosSport March 24, 19:28
Jehovah’s Witnesses say they have no suspension orders from Justice Ministry yetSociety & Culture March 24, 19:10
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on National Guard base in ChechnyaWorld March 24, 18:51
Eurovision organizers set to find solution for Russia's contestant to perfom in KievWorld March 24, 18:46
Russia’s Airborne Force wraps up large-scale drills in CrimeaMilitary & Defense March 24, 18:20
UGLEGORSK,Amur Region, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - The new chief of Roscosmos (Federal Space Agency), Oleg Ostapenko, arrived in Amur Region on Wednesday. In Blagoveshchensk, he conferred with Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako and then proceeded on his way to Uglegorsk to inspect cosmodrome Vostochny (eastern).
Ostapenko together with a group of specialists is planning to inspect the launch and engineering complex of the cosmodrome being built here, the building operation base, and review the process of building a residential development estate and a builders' township, an official in the press service of the Amur Region government said.
A conference is also to be held here to discuss matters relating to construction and environmental monitoring problems. The first launch from the cosmodrome Vostochy is scheduled for 2015, and the first manned spaceship launch is slated for 2018. About 5,000 people are currently engaged in the building operations.
Earlier, speaking at an informational meeting in Blagoveshchensko on the operation and environmental safety of the cosmodrome in Uglegosk, Andrei Voronin, deputy head of a Rodcosmos department, said an area of the fall of the first staged of space rockets of Soyuz family, which are to be launched from Vostochy, had been already determined. "The space rocket stages falling area is located 345 km away from Uglegorsk, between Zeya and Tynda Districts. The area was thoroughly surveyed. It was last surveyed in February. Samples of water, vegetation, and soil were taken at eleven control points," Voronin pointed out.
Voronin said specialists assume the possibility of "an insignificant inflammability in the rocket stage falling area". Specialists of the Avia Forestp Protection will handle possible inflammations. Large fragments of metal are to be airlifted from the site of falling.
Voronin also mentioned other areas where space rocket stages would fall: Magadan Region, Khabarovsk Territory, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), and a land sector near the Tartary Strait. "We choose areas that are very thinly populated," the Roscosmos official emphasized.