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5 billion rubles spent on cosmodrome improvements in 2010

January 29th, 2011

The federal target program titled, “Developing Russian cosmodromes in 2006-2015″ involves the construction of ground infrastructure for the Angara space rocket family in Plesetsk (Arkhangelsk region) and infrastructure improvements, Space Troops Commander Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko told journalists on Thursday.

“Total federal budget spending for the program implementation in 2010 was more than 5 billion rubles,” Ostapenko said.

The construction and reconstruction of a universal launch pad and the Angara, as well as reconstruction of the Plesetsk airfield, a unified technical complex for preparing military satellites, continued in 2010, he said. Boilers were reconstructed and are now operating. The reconstruction of the cosmodrome’s railways was fully completed, while reconstruction of motorways is 95% complete.

Under the plan to improve infrastructure and staff housing, wastewater works and engineering networks are being built for the area N2, reconstruction of an officers’ dormitory is complete and the kindergarten N12 is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2011, the Space Troops commander said.

In 2011, the plan to implement the federal target program involves the reconstruction of a launch pad for Soyuz-2 carrier rockets, water supply and sewage networks, officers’ dormitories, two medical centers, the Gorodskaya boarding platform and a military polyclinic and construction of the Burya checkpoint. Auctions were conducted and design documentation was prepared as required by law, the general said.

Source: Interfax-AVN

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