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UGLEGORSK, February 24, 7:51 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin considers it necessary to increase several-fold the number of workers engaged in the construction of the cosmodrome Vostochny (eastern). He said this herer on Monday during an inspection of the spaceport which is under construction in Amur Region.
"Independent experts maintain that the number of workers at the cosmodrome Vostochny must be multiplied up to 15,000, at least," he pointed out.
Sergei Makarov, chief of the Federal unitary enterprise "SpetsStrojTekhnologii" Federal Agency for Special-Purpose Construction, said that at present the construction project employs 5,200-5,300 workers. Contractor are to reach out to the maximum number of workers engaged in the space-industry consruction project by the third quarter of 2014 "when the number of workers will be 8,000," Makarov pointed out. Rogozin called for multiplying the workforce in the project.
The construction of the cosmodrome Vostochny, near Uglegorsk Township in Amur Region, was started in the middle of 2012. The first launch of a space rocket is to be effected by 2015 and the launchings of manned spaceships are to begin by 2018.