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Russian Space Agency signs contracts for 31 commercial launches in 2015
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 04, 2015


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The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) signed contracts for 31 commercial space launches in 2015, the agency's head Igor Komarov said Tuesday.

A number of these lauches will be carried out from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, he added.

"We have signed a record number of contracts on commercial services. Contracts on 31 launches have been signed, and the Soyuz launches, a significant part, we plan to carry out in 2018-2019 from Vostochny," Komarov told Rossiya-24.

The total cost of construction of the Vostochny space center in Russia's Far East is estimated at 180 billion rubles ($2.9 billion), the head of Roscosmos said.

"According to experts, the construction of launch facilities at the future Vostochny space center is estimated at 120 billion rubles. However, it is obvious that a cosmodrome is not only launch pads, therefore, in our estimates the total cost could be as much as 180 billion rubles."

Source: Sputnik News


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