Russian President Vladimir Putin will stay at the newly-built Vostoshny Cosmodrome in the Far Eastern Amur region until Thursday if another attempt to carry out its maiden launch is approved by the state commission, Putin’s spokesman said Wednesday.
VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the first space launch from the newly-built Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying three satellites scheduled on Wednesday was postponed.
"The president has decided to stay until tomorrow’s launch attempt, if the state commission decides to carry on with it," Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
The Commission is set to hold a meeting in the early hours of Thursday where it will make its decision known.
The Vostochny Cosmodrome has been under construction since 2012 and is expected to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. Baikonur is on lease to Russia until 2050. The spaceport was set to be completed by late 2015, with the first launch scheduled for December 2015. The launch was later postponed due to construction delays.
According to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, the postponement of the maiden launch was no connected to the spaceport’s infrastructure and was not caused by the human factor. The telemetry, as well as the Soyuz-2.1a rocket and three satellites are operating normally, according to the space agency.