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Russia's New Cosmodome Approved 83

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the goink-back-into-space dept.
eldavojohn writes "You may recall discussing Baikonur, the Kazakhstan city rented by Russia that has been used as a launch site for quite some time. Today, Putin has just approved construction of Vostochny between 2010 and 2018 which will be positioned in the far east of Russia to complement the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northern part of the country. This is not bad news for Kazakhstan as the director of the Russian Federal Space Agency has announced they plan to operate this facility alongside Baikonur."
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Russia's New Cosmodome Approved

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  • by mlts (1038732) * on Friday November 23, 2007 @01:21AM (#21451353)
    Russia having two space ports (similar to how the US has the Kennedy and Johnson space centers) is going to be one of the best things they can do. The more efficient the process of launching stuff into Earth orbit, not to mention out of orbit for interplanetary missions, the closer everyone comes to space based living.

    A multinational space race (or even better, cooperative missions) benefits everyone, even if its the side effects of materials developed for aerospace programs being used for everyday life.

    This is a gamble on Putin's behalf, but it can pay off big for Russia, because people will be contracting with them for launches of private satellites (new ones, and replacements for existing satellites.)
  • Location? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Alkonaut (604183) on Friday November 23, 2007 @04:39AM (#21452111)
    Why northern russia? What about being close to the equator? That is the reason the US have their sites in California and Florida, and the reason that the European agency cannot even have its launch site in Europe!

    Is this site not intended for launching stuff into orbit, but merely intended as a landing site, or a sub-orbit launch site?

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