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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Work Starts on a Brand-New Spacecraft

The Federal Space Agency chief has announced a tender to build a new generation of spacecraft and boosters but made clear that they would not be in orbit before 2020.

Anatoly Perminov did not give further details of the tender but said TsSKB-Progress from Samara was likely to bid with its Soyuz-3 design of spacecraft, as well as the Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center with the Angara 3P and Angara 5P.

Perminov reiterated his agency's commitment to build a new cosmodrome. At the moment Russia rents its main cosmodrome, Baikonur, from Kazakhstan.

Perminov said he hoped Baikonur would be used for at least another 13 years. "We are not leaving and will not be able to leave Baikonur until 2020, as long as Soyuz craft fly," he said, RIA-Novosti reported.