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Unmanned Federation spacecraft to be launched from Vostochny spaceport in 2021

According to Roscosmos, $3.8 bln will be earmarked for construction of the 2nd stage of the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s Far East

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, October 24. /TASS/. The Federation spacecraft will be launched for the first time from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East in 2021 in an unmanned version with Android equipment onboard, head of Roscosmos state space corporation Igor Komarov said on Monday.

"The first launch of an unmanned version is planned in 2021," Komarov told a meeting devoted to the construction of the Vostochny spaceport.

According to the Roscosmos vice-president, 238 bln rubles ($3.8 bln) will be earmarked for the construction of the 2nd stage of the Vostochny spaceport.

"The sum of 238 bln rubles includes 137 bln (rubles) from Roscosmos state corporation, 95 bln (rubles) from Spetsstroy (Federal Agency for Special Construction - TASS) and 6 bln (rubles) from FMBA," Alexander Ivanov said.

According to Ivanov, Roscosmos has developed a project called the Federal target program ‘Russian cosmodromes’ for 2017-2025, which is being finalized now. The program implies the construction of the 2nd stage of Vostochny spaceport consisting of 21 sites. The plan is to construct the launch site and the technical area for the Angara-A5, Angara-A5 rockets, and infrastructure for preparing man-rated launch and sites to ensure preparation and launch of heavy-class rockets.