Vostochny Cosmodrome Construction Begins Second Phase, Maintenance Work Conducted

Workers work on a concrete foundation at Vostochny Cosmodrome. (Credit: Roscosmos)

TSIOLKOVSKY, Russia (Roscomos PR) — The second phase of construction is at full speed at the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The Kazan industrial and construction association are carrying out the foundation armament of structures placed at the Angara carrier rockets family launching complex.


Vladimir Putin Tours Vostochny Cosmodrome

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets a briefing on the progress of Vostochny Cosmodrome in September 2019. (Credit: Roscosmos)

TSIOLKOVSKY, Russia (Roscomos PR) — The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited Amur Oblast and held a meeting to discuss the matters of the Vostochny Cosmodrome infrastructure development, as well as on perspective rocket complexes.

Right before the meeting, the President visited the Cosmodrome itself to inspect the objects and get acquainted with the status of the Angara space rocket launch complex construction.


Putin: New Spaceport Will Make Russia Independent, More Competitive in Space

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tours RSC Energia in July. (Credit: Russian Federation Government)

The Roscosmos website has a fascinating transcript of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to Uglegorsk, which is adjacent to the nation’s future Vostochny National Space Port. Putin gave formal remarks, engaged in a discussion with Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov, and spoke with villagers. The transcript, reproduced at this end of this post, brings to light a great deal of information about the new Russian facility.


Russia Set to Begin Construction of New Far East Spaceport in 2011

Anatoly Perminov

All decisions made to start work on Vostochny space site 2011

All necessary decisions are in place for launching the construction of the spaceport Vostochny in the Amur region in 2011, the head of the federal space agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov, said at a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council devoted to the sketch of a future high-capacity next-generation space rocket complex of middle-class for the spaceport Vostochny.


Russian Military Cuts Could Impact Angara, New Launch Complex

Russian Defense Cuts Could Affect Space
Aviation Week

President Vladimir Putin has assured government and industry space officials that the revised 2009 draft budget, intended to take into account the worsening economic downturn, contemplates no reduction in allotments for the development of new space projects. Almost 82 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) is to be allocated for three programs, Putin said, without saying which ones. However, he said the new Angara launcher would be among the priority programs, along with communication, navigation and remote Earth sensing spacecraft development.


Russia to Develop New Spaceport, Angara Rocket

Russian space officials have outlined an ambitious plan to increase its space autonomy by building a new spaceport in the Far East and accelerating development of a new family of rockets.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for speeding up the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Amur region near China, the Associated Press reports. The new facility would be ready for rocket launches by 2015; it would handle all human spaceflights by 2020.

“We must ensure Russia’s guaranteed access to space, that is a capability to make all kind of space launches — satellites, manned spacecraft and interplanetary probes — from our own territory,” Putin said.

Russia currently launches Soyuz crew vehicles and other rockets from the Soviet-era Baikonur Cosmodrome, which it leases from Kazakhstan. Russia is still planning to use Baikonur until at least 2050, the Russian news agency Novosti reported.

Putin called for the accelerated development of the new Angara launcher, a family of modular rockets capable of launching medium to heavy payloads. Angara will fly out of Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome. A heavy lift version will be launched at Baikonur from a new launch pad being jointly developed by Russia and Kazakhstan, Novosti reported.

The first Angara launch is scheduled to occur in 2010 or 2011. Wikipedia has more about the rocket.