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Russia launches rocket from new Vostochny cosmodrome

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By Euronews with Agencies
Russia launches rocket from new Vostochny cosmodrome
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Russia has launched its first rocket from a new cosmodrome 24-hours after a technical glitch forced lift off to be put back, much to the annoyance of President Vladimir Putin.

Despite his tantrum President Putin fully backs the Russian space programme:
“We have to build the ground infrastructure complex for launches of heavy rockets. We can’t exclude that we will build further infrastructure for super-heavy rockets, for manned mission missions.”

The Vostochny spaceport, the first civilian rocket launch site on Russian territory, is intended to phase out Russia’s reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome, which it leases from ex-Soviet Kazakhstan.