Vignettes From Vostochny
In late December, GK Launch Services, a commercial subsidiary of Roscosmos established to sell Soyuz-2 launch services from Russian spaceports, hosted the first group of journalists to the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast in the Russian Far East. We stayed in the city of Blagoveshchensk, the administrative center of the oblast, and about a 3.5-hr. drive from Vostochny. At least it takes that long when you’re driving at night on icy roads. Here are some highlights from our visit.