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Second launch pad at Vostochny spaceport may take 45 months to build

August 16, 2018, 13:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A contract for building the launch pad will be signed in the near future

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MOSCOW, August 16. /TASS/. The Vostochny spaceport’s second launch pad for the Angara rocket may take 45 months to build, the CEO of the Roscosmos corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, told TASS in an interview.

A contract for building the launch pad will be signed in the near future.

"It will identify the deadlines for completing the construction work and for beginning partial and comprehensive tests," Rogozin said.

At the moment the Vostochny spaceport has only one launch pad for the Soyuz-2 family of space rockets. Three launches have been carried out from it so far. The other launch pad will be used for all configurations of the Angara rockets. The first launch from it is due in 2022. About 38 billion rubles ($570 million) is to be spent on building the ground infrastructure for Angara rockets.

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