BEIJING (Sputnik) — China is paying attention to Russia’s progress in the space industry and will watch the upcoming first space launch of its new Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said Sunday.
"Of course, they are [Chinese partners] interested in the development of our space industry and especially of the Vostochny Cosmodrome," Komarov told reporters asked if the Vostochny’s maiden start was discussed with Chinese counterparts during his visit to China and if they would watch it.
In February, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced that a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket had been assembled ahead of its first launch from the Vostochny spaceport scheduled for April 27.
Vostochny, which has been under construction since 2012, is expected to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. Baikonur is on lease to Russia until 2050.