Published on 2 May 2013

Construction is in full swing in the Russian Far East, to finish the country's new
spaceport - Vostochny. The first unmanned launch from the new facility is expected in 2015, with many more flights to follow.

Moon Bound: Russia eyes lunar mission 52 yrs after 1st man in space

Russia's celebrating Cosmonautics Day, marking the first manned flight into orbit, by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. And, 52 years later, the country still has a big space agenda - from building a spaceport from scratch to reviving the moon program. RT's Alexey Yaroshevsky reports.

Russia is building a new gateway to space

This is the announcement of the building of the new Cosmo Drome in 2010......

Uploaded on 1 Jan 2011
The Vostochny Cosmodrome (Russian: Космодром Восточный Kosmodrom Vostochny "Eastern Spaceport") is a planned Russian spaceport, to be located at 51 degrees north in the Amur Oblast, in the Russian Far East. It is intended to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is located in Kazakhstan. Construction is expected to begin in 2011 and to be completed in 2018.


There are plans to build seven launch pads at the site, including two for manned flights and two for space freighters. An inter-agency working group for managing the construction has been created, and work to design elements of the cosmodrome's infrastructure is in progress. Construction will begin in 2011, and is expected to be completed by 2018. Vostochny's geographic location means that, to a given orbit, rockets will be able to carry almost the same amount of payload, as they can when launched from Baikonur.


The new cosmodrome will enable Russia to launch all missions from its own soil, and to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazahkstan. Currently, Baikonur is the only launch site operated by Russia with capability to launch manned flights and satellites to geostationary orbit. The Russian government pays a yearly rent of $115 million to Kazakhstan for its usage. Unmanned payloads to low earth orbit can be currently also be launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia. The new site is intended mostly for civilian launches.

Economical aspects

Development of the Vostochny Cosmodrome is expected to have a positive impact on the economy of the relatively poorly developed Russian Far East. The Russian government has a strategic policy to bring high-tech companies into the Far Eastern region, and several enterprises involved in the manned space flight program are expected to move their activities there when the new cosmodrome is completed. The development of the new site is also expected to dramatically increase employment in the towns of Uglegorsk, Svobodny and others. According to a 2009 estimate, the construction will cost 400 billion rubles ($13.5 billion). When completed, the cosmodrome will employ 20,000-25,000 people.

The video presentation about the new Russian cosmodrome Vostochny to be demonstrated on the Business Summit "Powerful Russia 2010" (Moscow, the Grand Palace of the State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, 25-26 June 2010). Le Cosmodrome National Vostotchny. La video-présentation du nouveau cosmodrome russe Vostotchny à démontrer pendant le Business Sommet "La Russie Puissante 2010" (Moscou, le Grand Palais du Musée et Réserve d'Etat Tsaritsyno, les 25-26 juin 2010).