Tsiolkovsky, Russian Federation – After the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Amur Oblast to the Vostochny Cosmodrome. As the President said, many issues need to be solved and require attention. The construction site has nationwide significance.
The Vostochny Cosmodrome is a new Russian spaceport on the 51st parallel north in the Amur Oblast, in the Russian Far East. It is intended to reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The closed town of Tsiolkovsky, located 110 kilometers (68 mi) from the border with China and 180 kilometers (110 mi) north of Blagoveshchensk, the administrative center of the Amur Oblast, serves the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Per Putin’s suggestion, the town was named in honor of the founder of astronautics, Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. While visiting the site, Russian President reiterated Russia’s commitment to this massive project. He also stated he will be paying close attention to the developments during the final stages of the construction.