Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has called the forthcoming launch of a Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny spaceport and the maiden flight of the MS-21 passenger airliner the most important events of 2016.
"The first most important event is the launch of a Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny spaceport in spring 2016; there will be the maiden flight of our prospective passenger jetliner, MS-21, a bit later, in summer. These are the two exciting events for which a huge number of people are preparing as they work without taking holidays or days off because for them these will be the events of not only 2016 but also, probably, of their entire lives," Rogozin said in a program aired by the NTV channel on Sunday.
He also said he would remember the year 2015 for Russia starting tests of an engine for a series of civilian aircraft for the first time in three decades.
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