Vostochny Cosmodrome to Test Returnable Rockets

PHOTO by Igor Ageenko / TASS

The Vostochny Cosmodrome will attempt to use returnable rockets in the future, according to Igor Barmin, deputy director of TsENKI (Centre for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure).

Barmin said that a possible future project regarding the cosmodrome is the building of “the [necessary] infrastructure for launching returnable rockets.”

Russia does not yet have the technology to return and re-use launch vehicles, although there are plans to test such solutions by 2025, according to the Federal Space Programme. At the same time, the US company SpaceX has already made several test launches with returnable vehicles.

Barmin also noted that TsENKI plans to develop the cosmodrome’s infrastructure in order to launch spaceships with nuclear propulsion.