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Russia’s Roskosmos Federal Agency’s 2012 spending on infrastructure and space facilities at Baikonur exceeds $33 million

04 february 2013, 21:09
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Soyuz carrier rocket. RIA Novosti©
Soyuz carrier rocket. RIA Novosti©
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, citing Yuzhny Space Center Evgeniy Anissimov as saying.

Yuzhny Space Center is a division of the Center for Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities Operation (TsENKI) based in Baikonur.

Center for ground-based space infrastructure facilities operation (TsENKI) injected another $ 83.2 million into the cosmodrome’s facilities, Mr. Anissimov said.

He elaborated that among other things the money was used to finance purchase and commissioning of oxygen and nitrogen-producing equipment, reconstruction of the Krainyi airport, commissioning of a fuel service unit.

Baikonur town received over $33 million in taxes.

Baikonur is the first and largest cosmodrome in the world. Located in Kazakhstan, it is rented out to Russia till 2050.

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.

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