1 Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Posted on March 18, 2016 by team


There are over 500 buildings and structures on the 700 km2 territory of cosmodrome “Vostochny”. Space objects are mainly located in two areas – technical and lauch complexes. The area of the technical complex is comparable with ten football fields! Today we are going to visit an assembly and testing facility of the cosmodrome.

Last year they received a highly valuable space cargo – carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1a”. The cosmdrome railway is connected with Trans-Siberian line – the rocket was loaded on the platform in Samara and delivered directly to the technical complex of “Vostochny”.

We are going to overcome the same way as that rocket did. Not on railway though, but on highway – one of the best in the region. Total length of roads at the cosmodrome is 115 km.

The technical complex from afar. There they test spacecrafts and carrier rockets.

The interior is finished, all necessary systems are mounted and sucessfully tested.

Assembky and testing facility for spaceships consists of administration and assembly-testing areas, on total territory of 8640 km2 they have 750 premises for different purposes. Those premises are provided with telephone and local area networks, structural cable system.

At the technical complex the rocket will be assembled, connected with a space craft and upper stage and put on rails to be delivered to the launch pad located 4,5 km away.

Rocket carrier with upper stage “Volga” will take spacecrafts “Lomonosov”, “AIST-2D” and nano-satellite “SamSat-218″ – it’s gonna the first launch from the first civil cosmodrome of Russia.

Satellites, designed in cooperation with students, will deliver data of science experiments to the Earth.

Working with a nose fairing of the rocket carrier “Soyuz”.

“Aist-2D” is intended for scientific experiments, treatment and certification of target instrumentation for earth remote sensing spacecrafts.

Spacecraft SamSat-218 will solve different technological and educational tasks, primarily practising procedures for nanosatellite orientation control.

Scientific spacecraft “Mikhailo Lomonosov” has been delivered to the assembly and testing complex of the cosmodrome “Vostochny” early in March.

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One Response to “Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny”

  1. john dudley says:

    very cool to see.

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