First rockets arrived at Russian new spaceport – “Cosmodrome Vostochny”. Thanks to Marina, the only blogger who got there yet, we can see what’s going on there these days!
She has saw the newest Russian Soyuz-2.1a rockets, and saw how the last inspections were made before the actual launch. Let’s see what she found!
So the actual space rockets are already here.
The train was moving very slow – probably 4 km/h.
This actual rocket has no fuel inside yet.
The territory of the spaceport is secured by perimeter and also inside there is plenty of guards (some with dogs).
This tower serves all supplies to rockets. Then after it you can peek at the actual launch site.
The rocket passes thru the tower and the spaceport construction workers photograph it with their mobile phones and tablets.
The gap on both sides of the rocket inside the tower just a few centimeters.
Then the missile arrives at the launch site and will be raised. Marina says it takes a few hours for the specialists to prepare to raise it.
Then the actual raising operation lasts just four seconds. Then the tower (on left side) will arrive.
Because of the harsh local climes the equipment is designed to work even at minus 50 degrees centigrade.
This will be the first rocket launched from this new cosmodrome.
The snow here melts only in May.
This is a “gas bleeder” takes the exhaust gases out of the launching site.
If someone were here during launch he would see a fierce storm in an instant coming out of this opening above.
Here the mobile tower has arrived.
Ordinary workers wear red hats white hats are for the managers and bosses.
They plan to finish it fully in seven more years.
It would be the only cosmodrome in Russia to launch missiles with cosmonauts on Russian territory.
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Thanks a lot to Marina for these photos!