Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said Friday the construction of a special launch pad at the cosmodrome would allow launches of Angara-5V carriers capable of lifting super-heavy loads.
“We will start launching the new generation spaceships with it. The first manned mission launch from Vostochny will take place in 2023,” Komarov said.
The construction of Vostochny Space Center, which is located in the Amur Region of Russia's Far East, began in 2012.
Vostochny will enable Russia to launch most missions from its own soil and reduce the country's reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.