When last we checked in with Russia’s new Vostochny launch site, the project was in economic and political turmoil, and construction was way behind schedule. Now, more than a year later, the Siberian spaceport is finally ready for its first launch. A Soyuz rocket is fueled and ready to blast off at 10:01 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, or 6:01 local time on Wednesday morning.
This video shows some of the preparations for the inaugural launch:
And here’s a full documentary (in Russian) with lots of background on the new spaceport.