Vladimir Putin Tours Vostochny Cosmodrome

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets a briefing on the progress of Vostochny Cosmodrome in September 2019. (Credit: Roscosmos)

TSIOLKOVSKY, Russia (Roscomos PR) — The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin visited Amur Oblast and held a meeting to discuss the matters of the Vostochny Cosmodrome infrastructure development, as well as on perspective rocket complexes.

Right before the meeting, the President visited the Cosmodrome itself to inspect the objects and get acquainted with the status of the Angara space rocket launch complex construction.

During the meeting, Vladimir Putin stressed that the Vostochny Cosmodrome infrastructure development remains one of the most important projects in Russia and added that the competition on the world space services market has been getting fiercer with more and more countries realizing their own space programs.

“To remain the leading country including the crewed missions, Russia needs enhancing its competitive advantages and properly use the available scientific, technological and human resources, as well as effectively solve the tasks to further develop own space infrastructure and create a competitive industry of innovative space products and services,” said Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin tours Vostochny Cosmodrome in September 2019. (Crredit: Roscosmos)

According to the President of the Russian Federation, the creation of the new generation medium-class carrier rocket is one of the priorities, with the flight tests to be expected in 2022. The rocket will be used to launch automatic spacecraft into Earth’s orbit, and as a key element to create a super-heavy class carrier rocket.

Vladimir Putin also debriefed the participants of the meeting on the Vostochny Cosmodrome construction status and noted that the complex has already performed six launches, adding that the Cosmodrome can should be doing more.

“I know that there are such plans for the 2020 – I’ve spoken to Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos Director General about those plans,” Vladimir Putin added.

Work on expanding Vostochny Cosmodrome has commenced. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Another topic the President of the Russian Federation touched upon was the necessity to observe all the terms including the first launch of a super-heavy class carrier rocket planned for 2028.

The President also stressed the task to create and develop all the necessary social infrastructure for the Vostochny Cosmodrome noting that both the Cosmodrome itself and the town of Tsiolkovsky should become the growth areas for the Far Eastern region of Russia and help stimulate the human resource development of the region.