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Russia begins construction of a new cosmodrome

January 22 2008

This year, in the Amur region to begin construction of the newest spaceport "East." The intention to fulfill this request, the President said First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.

"Rocket and space industry should begin to execute the instruction of the president to create a new cosmodrome in the Far East" - "Ivanov said.

On building the spaceport, which will appear around a new city, play 10 years: in 2015 will be the first launches in 2018 to begin manned flights. If necessary, said Sergei Ivanov, the East could be used for the benefit of the Ministry of Defence of Russia and for international cooperation programs. Decree on the establishment of a new spaceport has been signed by the president on Nov. 6, 2007.

Oversees construction site recently appointed vice-premier of the Amur region, the former president of RSC Energia Nikolai Sevastyanov, reported

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