Roscosmos disrupts Vostochny cosmodrome construction time and asks for more money

Roscosmos disrupts Vostochny cosmodrome construction time and asks for more money
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Only five out of nineteen facilities that should have been ready last year have been completed.

Roscosmos State Corporation asks for additional funds for the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome, where only a quarter of the planned volume has been completed, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. 

At the same time, the prime minister said that it was necessary to look both at cost and technological difficulties. 

“Roscosmos asks for additional funds for the construction of the remaining facilities, that’s why I have gathered you here,” the prime minister said. 

He recalled that in 2019, the second phase of the construction should begin, so that the Vostochny cosmodrome was fully ready to launch spacecraft for various purposes using heavy-class launch vehicles by 2021. 

“It is obvious that the existing dynamics do not allow to meet these deadlines. It means that efforts are needed; it is necessary for the structures that are involved in this to take all possible steps to carry out the appropriate construction,” Medvedev stressed. 

“We need to put an end to the projecting. Stop talking about where we will fly in 2030,” the prime minister added. “We need to work – talk less and do more,” Medvedev summed up.

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