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    Three separate launch pads for Soyuz-2 rockets will be built at the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia after its renovation is over by 2019, a defense ministry spokesman said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said Thursday:

    “When the renovation is over, the space center will have three launch pads for launching medium and light-class Soyuz-2 rockets, modifications 1a, 1b, 1v.”

    He added that renovation works at the Plesetsk space center include building 72 new sites and renovating 26 existing ones.

    The first launch of a medium-class Soyuz-2 rocket from a new launch pad is expected to take place in the first half of 2017.

    Established in 1957, Plesetsk is one of the world’s largest space centers.


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