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Russia And Kazakhstan Develop Cooperation On The Baikonur Cosmodrom

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 20:52

Russia and Kazakhstan will accelerate joint work at the Baikonur cosmodrome to create a new rocket and space complex “Baiterek.” According to the press service of the state corporation “Roskosmos,” this decision was taken on the results of the fifth meeting of the intergovernmental Russian-Kazakh commission on the Baikonur space complex. “The parties managed to agree on speeding up the process of creating the 'Baiterek' missile space complex in order to ensure the commencement of its flight tests in 2022, taking into account the possibility of manned launches,” “Roskosmos” informs.


The meeting was held in Baikonur under the joint chairmanship of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin. It was also participated by the General Director of the “Roskosmos” corporation, Igor Komarov, and the heads of a number of leading enterprises that are part of the Russian space industry.


The parties also decided to further implement the concept of cooperation between the two countries at the Baikonur space complex, based on a consolidated plan of activities, which includes projects, programs and roadmaps for all areas of bilateral cooperation. This plan should be submitted during the third quarter of this year.


“The commission recognized the successful implementation of a pilot project providing for the utilization of 95 facilities that are part of the Baikonur complex. The commission considers it expedient to continue the works for utilization of the complex's facilities that have no prospects for further use. In addition, the parties discussed the prospects for development of the infrastructure of both the complex and the city, as well as the opportunities for creating new production facilities in the territory of the cosmodrome,” the press release says.

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