12 Expecting to Fly

Expecting to Fly

Posted on January 13, 2010 by team


Since space exploration rose much higher than the sky last decade, every country set itself a goal to keep it going not to be on the back foot. Most probably, every one of you has already heard about commonly known Baikonur spaceport, so today we are going to tell you a bit about the other one, less known spaceport as well as about launching of a space vehicle.


The spaceport itself is located much more faraway from any signs of civilizations than its counterpart, Baikonur cosmodrome, and nowadays is believed to be the northernmost spaceport in the world. Decision about construction of the spaceport was put forward in 1957. An aim of top secret project was not a complicated one, nuclear device was supposed to reach the territory of a would-be aggressor as soon as possible. From these very considerations, the location area nearby Arkhangelsk city was chosen just right. Only in 1963, on account of expansion of space activities the issue of launching space vehicles from the spaceport was brought about.

At first missile and space vehicle are being delivered to the spaceport by rail. Space hardware is fragile one, so all the train cars are stuffed all over with machinery that maintains climate control inside.


Prior to moving to the spaceport, all the hardware should pass lots of different tests. The main thing for machinery is to run hot and not to consume much power. Altogether, the whole apparatus consumes not much than usual electric kettle.




Then, ready-for-use space vehicle is loaded into special container to deliver it to joining area. The whole vehicle weighs a bit less than 2 tonnes, 540 kilos of which is scientific equipment set. In comparison with missile the apparatus looks really tiny.




The vehicle is ready for the launch. 1 minute till the launch. And as it always happens, something went wrong. The automatic equipment found some system malfunction. The next day everything was already fixed and the vehicle was successfully launched. By the picture in the beginning of the article you can see that the activity of the space vehicle was quite a fruitful one.



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12 Responses to “Expecting to Fly”

  1. Yes comrades, I am first. Now, what is name of this other secret spaceport? I know it is in Arkhangelsk city , but what is name?

  2. Treepy says:

    it is located near Plesetsk town, so you can call it Plesetsky spaceport

  3. Andrius says:

    Solitaire on PC. LOL!

  4. Aalanana says:

    But Chinese are the cheapest ones.

  5. Musa says:

    I want to be one of those little peoples in white coat! Nerds are so HOT!

  6. Ones says:

    awesome rocket with ugly train

  7. SSSR says:

    A launch site from the cold war days!I am glad I was too young to care or be scared about the soviet bombs that could blow me up back in the 70’s and 80’s!

  8. mister x says:


    Also, Russia in space first! Most hours clocked in space, too!

  9. Ugly American says:

    The Russian Proton rocket is still the most cost effective heavy launch vehicle in the world.

  10. marvin says:

    Man ! Truely outstanding photo report !
    For info like that one would have been shot before 1985 !

    Thanx so much !

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