Manned Flights From The New Launch Complex Could Come In
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the new cosmodrome
under construction in the far eastern Amur region of Russia could
be launching humans into space as early as 2018. The launch complex
has been planned since 2007, and has been called one of the "most
ambitious projects in modern Russia" by the PM.
Russia has been leasing its launch facilities from Kazakhstan
since the former Soviet Union collapsed. The Briebart news service
says the Interfax news agency quotes Putin from a meeting Saturday
on the construction project as saying that the country could
be launching satellites and cargo from Vostochy by 2015, with
manned flights possibly coming as soon as three years later.
The launch complex is expected to cost the country about $800
million (25 billion rubles). The news service reports that Russia
currently pays Kazakhstan about $115 million per year for the use
of the Cosmodrome there.