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Russia plans new space launch centre by 2015 - paper
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will build a new space launch centre in the Far East by 2015, Russian media reported on Thursday, citing First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that clears the way for the new cosmodrome, with launches set to start in 2015, Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper reported.
The launch centre, in Russia's Far East region of Amur, will be called Vostochny, Ivanov was quoted as saying by the newspaper. It would be Russia's first launch centre for manned missions on its own territory.
Russia currently has several space launch centres on its own territory, including one at Plesetsk in northern Russia, but none are used for manned missions.
Russia plans its first manned space mission from its own territory by 2018.
Russia's Space Agency said earlier this month that they had received an official decision to build a launch centre, but no definitive site had been chosen.
The Russian government currently rents the Baikonur Cosmodrome in eastern Kazakhstan, but has faced difficulties with its lease agreement after an unmanned Proton rocket crashed on Sept 6 near a city where the Kazakh president was visiting.
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