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Nobody is our name at Baikonur: KazKosmos Head

08 november 2013, 14:13
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan is working towards creating its own independent space exploration industry; however, the nation doesn’t discard its partnership with Russia, Newskaz.ru reports, citing Talgat Mussabayev, Head of KazKosmos National Space Agency, as saying when speaking to students in Astana, the country’s capital city.

“We are taking steps towards creating an independent space exploration industry; I have to admit not everyone likes what is going on”, he said.

“However, we cannot cope without Russia. Russia is home to all the technology, space industry facilities, all the rocket stuff”, he emphasized, adding that “we do have the Baikonur cosmodrome in our territory; however, nobody is our name so far”.

Baikonur is closer to the Equator than other launch sites – a situation that facilitates geostationary orbit or orbits less inclined to reach the International Space Station (ISS). This privileged geographic placement enables the launch of more significant payloads.

The cosmodrome has been rented out since 1994. Annual rent stands at $115 million.

The town accommodates over 70 000 people, with 37% being Russia’s citizens. About 4 000 Russia’s citizens are here almost permanently on business trips to facilitate space launches. The town budget receives over 1 billion roubles a year from the Russian federal budget.

Russia’s Roskosmos Federal Space Agency spent over $33.3 million in 2012 to maintain infrastructure and space facilities at the Kazakhstan-based Baikonur cosmodrome, Interfax-Kazakhstan reported February 1, 2013, citing Yuzhny Space Center Evgeniy Anissimov as saying.

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