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The cosmodrome could still play a major role in Russia’s space program. Last year, Roscosmos said it had developed a way for Soyuz spacecraft to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) three times faster than they do now. Such flights could take just two hours to reach the ISS, saving fuel and resources in the process, thanks to the reduced number of orbits a spacecraft would be required to make around Earth before reaching the station.
The scheme, which is expected to be put into practice in about two years’ time, could be further used in Russia’s Moon exploration program. The Vostochny cosmodrome would be much more convenient for “quick launches” than the currently used Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian scientists believe.
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