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    Russia to Double Number of Space Launches in 2017 Roscosmos Chief

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    Director-General Igor Komarov said that Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos plans to launch twice as many rockets into space in 2017 as in the outgoing year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos plans to launch twice as many rockets into space in 2017 as in the outgoing year, its Director-General Igor Komarov said Wednesday.

    "The launch program for the next year comes with a considerable increase [in space launches]. Next year, we will effectively see the number of launches double," Komarov announced.

    The first launches of 2017 are scheduled for January at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur and Guiana space ports. The new Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia will enter the active phase of operation in February, with the Vostochny space port about to be completed.

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