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Kazakhstan’s Vice PM commissioned to negotiate delayed Baiterek space launch complex with Russia

29 february 2012, 17:34
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©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan’s Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov has been commissioned to negotiate space cooperation with Russia, including the joint Kazakh-Russian project to construct the Baiterek (“poplar tree”) space launch complex for the Russia's new booster rocket, the Angara, at Baikonur, the PM Karim Massimov said when speaking before the national Majilis (lower chamber) February 29.

“Mr. Kelimbetov has been instructed to hold additional negotiations. Following the negotiations, we will inform you on all the sensitive issues related to space industry and to Baikonur in particular, the PM told the Majilismen.

“Not all the issues have been resolved with regards to the Baiterek project”, the PM emphasized, adding that “despite being resource-consuming, the space industry is a competitive advantage of Kazakhstan, enabling the nation to progress even further in terms of technology and industry development”.

Tengrinews.kz had earlier reported that the Kazakh side is waiting for an official decision of the Russian Federation on the joint Kazakh-Russian project to construct the Baiterek (“poplar tree”) space launch complex for the Russia's new booster rocket, the Angara, at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

“The Russian side is obviously facing financial problems. The nation lacks funds to develop Rus booster rocket to be initially built for the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Russian Far East. Therefore Russia is actively considering using the already developed Angara booster rocket at its Vostochny cosmodrome. Vostochny is to be completed by 2020. As it shares the same latitude with Baikonur, these two will be directly competing (…) Should a space launch complex for the Angara booster rocket be constructed in the Far East, it is no point for the Kazakh side to compete with its major strategic partner. And the Baiterek project may be terminated”, Vice Head of KazKosmos National Space Agency Mr. Meirbek Moldabekov said in an interview for Megapolis.kz earlier this month.

Initially the Baiterek (“poplar tree”) space launch complex was supposed to be constructed at Baikonur in 2013, following the testings of Angara booster rocket. In January 2011 construction of the launch complex was delayed to 2013. In July 2011 Vladimir Popovkin, Head of RosKosmos, announced that construction has been postponed to 2017.

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