National TV broadcast the rocket launch process
Russia launched a second rocket from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Far East. This is due to the desire of Moscow to reduce its dependence on the use of Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket flew with a meteorological satellite and other equipment. All stages passed according to plan.
The take-off process could be watched on national television. It is reported that, in addition to the satellite Meteor, the rocket allocated 18 loading locations from companies in Canada, the USA, Germany, Norway, Japan and Sweden. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that these contracts will help modernize the space industry.
The first launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome took place in April 2016, and the next one is scheduled for December 22, 2017. Medvedev said that the launch program will continue in 2018. The goal of the Kremlin is to reduce Russia's dependence on Baikonur. Moscow has to rent this site after the collapse of the USSR. In the north there is also the Plesetsk cosmodrome, which is used to launch satellites and rocket testing. But the East (like Baikonur) is located closer to the equator, because of which the launch cost is reduced.
The new spaceport has yet one launch pad for the Union. But it is planned to create a second location for the Angara rocket, which will be tested in 2021.
The construction of the East began in 2012. The first launch of the satellite was planned to be made in 2015, but due to a number of failures, the date had to be shifted. In October, Russia launched a European satellite to monitor the Earth’s atmosphere from Plesetsk.