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Russia To Start Transferring The Baikonur “Sunkar” Infrastructure To Kazakhstan In 2018

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 18:33

In 2018, the starting complexes of the Zenit launch vehicle situated at the Baikonur Cosmodrome will be transferred from the Russian lease to the ownership of Kazakhstan. In addition, Kazakhstan will also be transferred the supporting infrastructure. Plans are afoot to use it to launch the “Sunkar” rockets and the new Russian space ship “Federation.” This news was reported by “Kazkosmos” (the Aerospace Committee under the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan).


“In accordance with the previously drawn up road map, in January 2018, the Kazakh and Russian sides will begin the process of excluding objects that are part of the ground space infrastructure of the Zenit-M missile space system from the structure leased by the Russian Federation. They will be returned to Kazakhstan. The list of objects to be transferred will be determined by a mutual agreement between the competent authorities of the parties,” a representative of “Kazkosmos” said.


The infrastructure will be transferred to the trust management of the joint venture “Baiterek” that was created specifically for implementation of this project.


Worth recalling, in 2016, the parties held bilateral negotiations and reached the agreements on implementation of the Baiterek project at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the basis of the infrastructure designed to launch the Zenit rocket and the promising medium-class carrier rocket that was being developed in Russia. Then the agreements were approved by the leadership of the two countries.


In the period 2017-2018, plans are afoot to perform two launches of Zenit carrier rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.


At present, Russia launches rockets “Soyuz” and “Proton” from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Every year, Russia pays $115 million for renting the spaceport facilities. Worth recalling, the agreement on creation of the Baiterek missile and space complex was signed by Russia and Kazakhstan in 2004.

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