VOSTOCHNY, Russia, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Construction of a new space center is one of modern Russia’s biggest and most ambitious projects, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says.
The Vostochny Space Center and launch site will be built in Russia’s Amur Region and becomes the country’s third such facility, RIA Novosti said Saturday.
“The creation of a new space center is one of modern Russia’s biggest and most ambitious projects,” Putin said Saturday. “It will give us the opportunity not only to confirm Russia’s leading technological status, but will give hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young specialists the chance to prove their talents.”
Russia has two other launch sites, the Baikonur space center in the central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan and the Plesetsk space center in northwest Russia.
Russia leases the site in Kazakhstan, but it alone wasn’t sufficient for “such a powerful space force as Russia,” Putin said.
Design and survey work is already under way, and construction is expected to begin in 2011. When completed, the center could employ up to 25,000 workers, the report said.
Earlier Saturday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said all Russian manned space fights would be launched from the Vostochny Space Center beginning in 2015.
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