Amur Launch Facility to Be Built
- Mar. 04 2013 00:00
- Last edited 16:06
The Federal Space Agency plans to build a launch complex for the Amur rocket at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the agency said, Interfax reported.
Officials said that in 2012, the agency built a part of the facility infrastructure and set up a department in charge of the spaceport.
Construction of the Vostochny facility began in 2011 and is slated to cost 160 billion rubles ($5.3 billion). The first launch is scheduled for 2015.
Completion of the second stage and the first launch of a manned spacecraft are slated for 2018.
Vostochny is expected to replace the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which Russia leases from Kazakhstan, as the country's primary space launch facility.