In the race for space supremacy, Russia may be several steps ahead of the United States as the former launched its first rocket from its newly inaugurated spaceport. Russian officials claim that the successful launch only demonstrates the country’s independence on space policies.
Irina Yarovaya, head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Security and Counteraction to Corruption, told Russian newspaper TASS that apart from showing the world the country’s independence on space policies, the launch also shows that the country can take a massive project independently of any political will.
“The successful launch from the Vostochny spaceport is evident of Russia’s independent space policy. It means that irrespective of anybody’s political will, we can launch any spacecraft to any space orbits independently. Vostochny has not equals in terms of automation of new technological innovative solutions,” Yarovaya was quoted as saying by TASS.
This space program of Russia involves a series of individual projects expected to be completed by 2023. The spacecraft, named the Federation, was launched in Russia’s Vostochny spaceport in the country’s far east. Aside from its benefits in showing the world how Russia has evolved into a space policy superpower, this £2-billion project has created at least 80,000 new jobs as the project progresses.
“The Vostochny spaceport is a 21st-century space launch facility and a new philosophy of modern Russia,” Yarovaya added.
In a separate report from Pravda Report, Yerovaya made a reference to Star Wars in the recent race between the U.S. and Russia in space supremacy. But unlike Star Wars as a creation of Hollywood, which will not materialize into real life, Russia’s program is different. She said Russia is both making space supremacy in space and on the ground, which the Pentagon has been criticizing.