Vostochny_build
February 24, 2014

RIA Novosti – Work on Russia’s new Far Eastern Vostochny space center will be prioritized now that the Winter Olympics in Sochi has come to an end, a senior official said Monday while touring the facility.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the space and defense industries, toured the facility by helicopter and met with the Amur region governor and the head of the Russian space agency, Oleg Ostapenko.

“Independent experts say that the manpower at Vostochny cosmodrome must be multiplied several fold, to 15,000 people at least,” Rogozin said. “The Olympics are over, now this facility is key.”

During a report to the visiting officials, a manager of the project said that around 5,000 workers were currently engaged at the site, but that the number would be increased to 8,000 later this year.

Rogozin said that the military’s construction agency should not only employ its own people, but also assign civilian workers from the build-up effort for the Sochi Olympics to the task.

“A total of 5,000 people are working at the space center, and what, there are no people in the country?” Rogozin said.

Managers reported that the facility was ready for the installation of nitrogen and oxygen processing plants following the completion of the site’s electrical network.

Officials had earlier said that last summer’s excessive rainfall and the frosty conditions this winter had added to delays in the facility’s completion, which is scheduled to launch its first rocket next year and come fully online by 2020.

Moscow is building Vostochny – which will host the country’s new Angara rocket – to reduce its reliance on its main Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

Image credit – RIA Novosti

comments

More from this category:
Soys-2-1v
December 29, 2013

RIA-Novosti: A new Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on Saturday after numerous delays earlier this week, the Russian…

full story
1061642834
June 30, 2015

Stock of food and water stored onboard the ISS will enable the crew to wait for the next Progress M-28M cargo vehicle arriving on July…

full story
128a1873
December 12, 2014

ISS crew members will celebrate New year 16 times and dress the New Year tree with soft toys, – Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova reported from…

full story
3259153801
January 20, 2015

On Monday, January 19, space flight participant Sarah Brightman who will be a crew member of Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft started  her training in Gagarin Cosmonaut…

full story
931_3325
January 11, 2014

This Friday, on January 10, 2014 MCC specialists took a decision on unscheduled spacewalks to be performed on January 27 or 28 by Russian crew…

full story
mlm-2014
September 11, 2013

The launch of “Nauka” multifunctional laboratory module to the ISS planned for late 2013 will be shifted to the first half of 2014, – Vladimir…

full story
rollout
May 27, 2013

According to press-service of Gagarin Cosmonaut Trainin Center, on May 26, 2013, following the launch preparation plan Soyuz space rocket was rolled out and installed…

full story
d8r_BORZNXs (1)
September 15, 2015

On September 14, 22.00, Moscow time, Roscosmos, Khrunichev Centre and other Russian space industries launching crews successfully launched Proton-M booster with DM-03 upper stage and…

full story