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KURILSK /Iturup island/, August 22. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday it was more important to carry out a successful rocket launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome under construction in the Far East than to meet deadlines for putting the new space launch centre into operation, although deadlines were also key to the project’s success.
"There are certain deadlines and Russia’s state corporation Roscosmos is guided by these deadlines," Medvedev told TASS. "As for launches, it is the state corporation’s other responsibility. We should avoid making mistakes here and we should do our best for the launch to be successful. This is more important than deadlines. However, nobody has changed the existing deadlines."
"It seems that we are entering the final stage of the first part in the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome," Medvedev added.
The Vostochny cosmodrome is being built near the town of Uglegorsk in the Amur region. The spaceport, which has been under construction since 2010, is scheduled to be built by November 30, 2015.
Vostochny will comprise two launch platforms, an airfield, facilities for crew members’ pre-launch preparation, oxygen-nitrogen and hydrogen plants, 115 kilometres of roadway and 125 kilometres of rail track.