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Soyuz Rocket With Meteor Satellite Blasts Off From Vostochny Cosmodrome (VIDEO)

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankThe launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket at the Vostochny Space Center
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket at the Vostochny Space Center - Sputnik International
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Roskosmos plans to carry out 8-10 unmanned launches per year from the Vostochny Space Center. The first launch of a missile with a crew to the International Space Station will take place after 2023.

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME (Far East) (Sputnik) A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying several satellites has blasted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East, a Sputnik correspondent reported Tuesday.

The carrier rocket is expected to orbit Russia's Meteor-M satellite, the Baumanets-2 satellite made by students from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, as well as LEO Vantage (Canada), AISSat-3 (Norway), IDEA and SEAM (Sweden).

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The first launch from the cosmodrome, on which construction commenced in 2012, was held on April 28, 2016. Then the Soyuz-2.1a rocket, equipped with the new Volga launching unit, delivered the Russian spacecraft Aist-2D into orbit, as well as a scientific satellite from Moscow State University and the SamSat-218D nano-satellite.

Vostochny Space Center is the first Russian civil cosmodrome. Baikonur cosmodrome, which Russia leases from Kazakhstan for about $ 115 million per year, Plesetsk (Arkhangelsk region) and Kapustin Yar (Astrakhan region) were initially built as military missile ranges.

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