MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket has been installed at Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome's launch site ahead of its first space launch, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Saturday in a statement.
"A Soyuz-2.1a space rocket was taken out of the technical facility to the launch site of the Vostochny Cosmodrome and was installed to the launch pad," the statement reads.
The Soyuz-2.1a rocket will lift off from Vostochny to orbit small research satellites, such as Aist-2D, Mikhailo Lomonosov and SamSat-218.
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.