The Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, and the head of Roskosmos, Igor Komarov, have suggested rescheduling the date of the first piloted flight from the “Vostochny” cosmodrome rather than building infrastructure there for the old ships, it was revealed today in “Kommersant” from a source in government.
If this motion is carried, the astronauts will be able to use the latest heavy rocket "Angara-A5B”. The question was discussed at a meeting of the Deputy Prime Minister, the head of Roskosmos and President Vladimir Putin on April 13th. As the newspaper reported, the Russian President had no basic objections and he added positive instructions to the report. The issue is that the “Soyuz” cosmodrome has been running since the 60s at “Baikonur”. Considering that Russia will prolong participation in the ISS program only until 2024, there is no need to create a duplicate platform at Vostochny. Infrastructure should be reconstructed for the new manned spacecraft and the tasks under consideration by Roskosmos. We will remind you that the Vostochny spaceport is under construction at Uglegorsk in the Amur region. The first launch of a carrier craft was planned for 2015, and the first launch of a manned spacecraft for 2018. All work on the building site has to be finished by November 30th, 2015.