Russia To Build New Commercial Spaceport
Civilian launches and a new generation of spacecraft designed for interplanetary flights are two goals of the new project.
Russia is building a new spaceport to enhance the growth of its commercial space industry and aims to launch unmanned flights from it by 2015. The country is pumping investments worth $800 million into the new site which will be smaller than its current launch site of Baikonur that it rents from Kazakhstan and will have state-of-the-art launch pads, research facilities and a modern residential complex. Russia’s space officials say that the future spaceport is planned mostly for civilian launches and that the new cosmodrome will ensure stability of the Russian space industry by setting it up on its soil and will foster the development of its private space industry. The country also plans to build a new generation of spacecraft to be used for interplanetary flights.