Russia ready to ship Soyuz upper stage, payload to Vostochny

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Preparations for the first launch from Russia’s new spaceport are ramping up.

The upper stage of a Soyuz rocket, and its payload of satellites, will be transported by air this week to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, joining the lower stages of the Soyuz rocket previously shipped there.

The first launch from Vostochny, previously planned for late last year, is now tentatively scheduled for April. [TASS]


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