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Deputy PM Rogozin to inspect Vostochny space center construction site

November 25, 2013, 19:36 UTC+3 GORKI
Vostochny (Eastern) cosmodrome is designed to launch automated and manned spacecraft for various purposes under state, international and commercial programs
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GORKI, November 25, 18:14 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin will visit Vostochny space center until the end of this year to inspect the construction site.

"I plan to be at the site again until the end of this year, when we start the first-phase construction -- construction of the city," the vice-premier told the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

At first, there will be 18,000 residents, and after 2018, 25,000 space center employees with their families will live there, Rogozin said. The city will be named in honour of great scientist Tsialkovsky. The name fits it, he said, noting that it was for residents to finally decide.

Rogozin assured he controlled the situation at the construction site.

Vostochny (Eastern) cosmodrome is designed to launch automated and manned spacecraft for various purposes under state, international and commercial programs.

The construction began in mid-2012. The center is planned to be ready for launches of light Soyuz-2-type rockets by 2015 and for launches of manned spacecraft with the use of a heavy rocket systems and Angara-A5-type rockets by 2018.

The infrastructure for a promising manned transport system will be also built at the site. Equipping and modernization of the ground infrastructure for heavy-class rockets and a manned transport system are planned to be completed by 2030.

In the plans is also construction of second-phase facilities of the command station, a filling station, an oxygen and nitrogen plant, special bases in areas of rocket stage falls and environment monitoring facilities. There will be also ten technical and logistics grounds with more than 400 installations of the social, engineering and transport infrastructure, including a launch complex for medium-class rockets with two launch pads, an airport, an oxygen and nitrogen plant, a hydrogen plant, an electric power supply system and 115 km of automobile roads and 125 km of railroads.

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