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Launch complex at Vostochny spaceport to be ready to be equipped by September 2014

November 27, 2013, 14:28 UTC+3 UGLEGORSK

Construction work is underway at three sites, on the launch, technical and industrial grounds

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UGLEGORSK, November 27, 13:05 /ITAR-TASS/. The launch complex at Vostochny space center will be ready for installation of special equipment in September 2014, deputy head of the Spetsstroi federal special construction agency's regional service (Dalspetsstroi) Pavel Buyanovsky told a conference in Uglegorsk.

The main buildings and structures that will be used to launch spacecraft will be ready to receive special equipment in February. The railroads will be finished in August 2015, he said.

Construction work is underway at three sites, on the launch, technical and industrial grounds.

As was reported on November 21 during Spetsstroi Director Alexander Volosov's visit to Vostochny, the construction work was ten days behind the schedule.

Buyanovsky said 17 buildings with 1,482 apartments, two hospitals, one for children, and a first aid station will be finished in the residential area near the space center by late 2015. The town named after Konstantin Tsiolkovsky will occupy 1,050 hectares in the settlement of Uglegorsk.

On October 23, during his working trip to Vostochny, Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said that the construction of the launch complex and the technical complex was three months behind the schedule. Spetsstroi chief Volosov explained it was caused by rains.

The new eastern Russian spaceport Vostochny is under construction near Uglegorsk in the Amur Region. The first launch is planned there for 2015. The first launch of a manned spacecraft is planned for 2018.

Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin will inspect the construction site until the end of this year. He said this at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.

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 honor of great scientist Tsiolkovsky. 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 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 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, a 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, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen plants, an electric power supply system and 115 km of automobile roads and 125 km of railroads.

Five hundred students will work at the construction site next summer, deputy head of the Spetsstroi department established on November 20 Telman Shikhakhmedov said at the conference on "Vostochny Cosmodrome -- the Future of Russia's Space Industry", which was held in Uglegorsk on Wednesday.

Regional minister for the spaceport construction Konstantin Chmarov noted that students would work there for the third time.

Young people from universities of the Amur Region and central Russia's cities participated in the construction work on the main infrastructure grounds, including the launch complex and the technical base. Each earned at least 27,000 rbls in 2013 and at least 24,000 in 2012.

Three tent camps will be set up for students in 2014. Their dining room will be in a building, but they will live in tents in summer, Chmarov added.

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