Russia Launches First Rocket From New Vostochny Cosmodrome

Posted: Apr 28 2016, 12:14am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Russia Launches First Rocket from New Vostochny Cosmodrome
A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites leaves a trail of smoke as it lifts off from the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kms from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region on April 28, 2016. / AFP / POOL / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian authorities on Thursday launched a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying three satellites from the newly-built Vostochny Cosmodrome located in the country's Far East.

On Wednesday, the launch of the rocket from Vostochny was postponed due to a failure of the rocket's automatic control system, Sputnik news agency reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin witnessed the liftoff and congratulated the country’s space agency Roscosmos on the successful launch.

"There is something to be proud of," Putin said, adding "there is still a lot of work…but it is undoubtedly a very serious, significant step in the development of the Russian space industry."

Vostochny Cosmodrome with an area of some 700, has been under construction since 2012 and is expected to reduce Russia's dependency on the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, which is on lease to Russia until 2050.

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