Russia's next-generation spaceship will land on Russian territory rather than in Kazakhstan, which is the landing area for Soyuz vehicles, a source in the rocket and space industry told Interfax on Wednesday.
"Two landing areas - the Saratov and Orenburg regions - have been chosen for the next generation manned transportation system that is being developed by the Energia Corporation," he said.
The spaceship will land in those areas whenever it takes off from the Vostochny spaceport under construction in the Amur region. There are no other designated takeoff spots at the moment, the source said.
The landing area does not need to be large, because the new landing system will bring the spacecraft to a spot with a radius of five kilometers, the source said.
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