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High alert regime to be in place in Russia’s Far East ahead of space launch from Vostochny

November 27, 4:38 UTC+3 BLAGOVESHCHENSK

Safety measures will be provided by some 400 people as well as by 85 units of equipment

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BLAGOVESHCHENSK, November 27. /TASS/. High alert regime of safety and emergency measures will be introduced on Monday in Russia’s Amur Region ahead of a rocket launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome, the press service of the regional emergency situations reported to TASS.

"The high alert regime for all emergency situations response teams in the Amur Region will be introduced starting at 6:00 p.m. local time (12:00 Moscow time) on November 27," according to the press service.

Safety measures during the launch of a Soyuz-2.1b will be provided by some 400 people as well as by 85 units of equipment, including four helicopters.

The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket is planned to blast off with Russia’s Meteor-M Earth remote sensing satellite on November 28 from the Vostochny comodrome in Russia’s Far East.

This will be the second space launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome, which is Russia’s first civil spaceport. The inaugural launch from cosmodrome took place in April 2016, when a carrier rocket orbited three satellites.

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