First launches from Vostochny Cosmodrome possible in spring 2016

Ria Novosti/Sergey Mamontov
The first launches from the Vostochny spaceport are possible in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East. Source: RIA Novosti/Sergey Mamontov

The first launches from the Vostochny Cosmodrome are possible in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

"You should plan the first launches for 2016, for spring, if you do that by the Day of Cosmonautics, that will be good. If not, there is no need for rushed work," Putin said at a conference held at the Vostochny spaceport.

"Space activity is not an area for acting in a rush or exerting super-efforts, it needs rhythmic work and quality," the Russian president said.

Putin ordered to finalize the water supply, electric power and water disposal systems of the spaceport and to prepare for launching space vehicles.

The head of state asked Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to say when launches would be made next year.

"We can do that by the middle of April," Rogozin said.

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