Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

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

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

“Spacecraft Mikhailo Lomonosov”, the object is activated”. Now it is undergoing assembly and pre-flight testing.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Satellite “Mikhailo Lomonosov” is intended to research light phenomena of the planet’s upper atmosphere, radiation characteristics of earth’s magnitosphere, fundamental cosmological studies.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Besides, the spacecraft will let us know the space source of the super powerful energy clusters coming to the Earth.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

It will also carry out asteroid threat experiments, detect space junk and approaching comets.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

The weight of the device is 625 kilograms.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

The main developer of the satellite scientific program is the research institute of nuclear physics of the Moscow State University. They have been working to create the device for six years.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Now the spacecraft is kept in the assembly and testing facility protected from dust.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Satellite look!

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

Unique transborder gallery (no analogs in the world) unites two facilities of the complex.

Inside of Russian Newest Spaceport: Cosmodrome Vostochny

It is convenient to transport rockets and crafts from one facility to another by transborders – platforms with farms that move on rails. Each has a lifting capacity of 120 tons. It makes the process of assembly faster and more safe as this type of transportation is shockproof.

Thanks to smitsmitty for the images and the story!

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