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Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome Ready to Launch Rockets 'Starting Tomorrow'
08:35 GMT 19.04.2016 (Updated: 09:40 GMT 19.04.2016)
Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome will be ready to launch rockets starting from April 20, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first launch from Vostochny is planned for April 27, according to the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.
“Starting tomorrow, we’ll be ready for a launch of our space rocket, though [the launch] is scheduled for the 27th at 5:00 Moscow time, according to the schedule,” Rogozin said.
Earlier in April, Moscow made the decision to shift all operations linked to Russia's moon mission to the Vostochny cosmodrome, according to Russian-based Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC Energia).
Vostochny in Russia's Far East was conceived as an alternative to Baikonur, which is on lease to Russia until 2050. The new space port has been under construction since 2012.