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21 Jan, 2016 10:52

RT EXCLUSIVE: Drone footage of Russia’s mighty new Vostochny Cosmodrome (VIDEO)

RT has captured spectacular drone footage of Russia’s ongoing project – the Vostochny Cosmodrome, which promises to further cement the country’s self-sufficiency with regard to space travel. The first launch at the site could be as soon as April.

The flyover captures a silent, snowy and inhospitable landscape, as the drone hovers over the vast base near Uglegorsk village in the Amurskaya Oblast. The site will soon be busy launching a whole slew of Russian spacecraft – among them the Volga rocket launch vehicle, as well as the Lomonosov and Aist satellites.

The first launch is expected in late April, Roskosmos said. There is also ongoing construction on the new Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle, expected to be completed by the end of March.

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