Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos plans to call an open tender for the construction of the second stage of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, including the launching site for the Angara space-launch vehicles and other infrastructure in autumn 2017, reports Izvestia newspaper on Monday citing its sources.
Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) was in charge of the cosmodrome construction until Dec. 2016, when it was abolished.
The work on the project documentation for the construction of the second part of the cosmodrome’s facilities is at the final stage, and it will be sent for the state expert review in May, which will take approximately 90 days. After this done, the tender will be called, the publication reads.
“Any Russian development company will be able to take part in the tender, including Spetsstroy divisions, should they be able to incorporate as separate entities asa result of the reorganization of the agency,” a source told Izvestia.
The Vostochny Cosmodrome has been under construction in Russia’s Far East since 2012. When completed, it is expected to reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, which is on lease to Russia until 2050. The first launch from Vostochny took place on April 28.
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