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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Launchpad to Be Built in Far East

The Federal Space Agency said Friday that the country was planning to build a new space launch site in the Far East by 2020.

"We must have and develop a space site in the Far East for launches of space vehicles for civilian purposes and to launch manned space missions," agency chief Anatoly Perminov said, Interfax reported.

Perminov said the new space site would have to be built by 2020 to be used for launches of a new manned spacecraft that Russia is planning under a state space program that runs through 2040.

He said experts were looking at six potential sites for the new cosmodrome. He did not specify the location of any of those.

Currently Russia launches all manned missions from the Soviet-built Baikonur site in Kazakhstan. Perminov said the new space site was not being designed as an alternative to Baikonur.