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Baiterek SRC project to be based on Zenit rocket 01 апреля 2013, 15:11

Kazakhstan and Russia agreed to use Zenit launcher in Baiterek (SRC) space rocket complex.
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Baikonur cosmodrome. ©REUTERS Baikonur cosmodrome. ©REUTERS
Kazakhstan and Russia have agreed to use Zenit launcher in Baiterek space rocket complex (SRC), KazTAG reports. “An agreement has been reached to use Zenit rocket launcher in Baiterek SRC instead of the planned Angara rocket,” Vice-PM Kairat Kelimbetov said. Meanwhile, co-chairman of the commission from Russian side Igor Shuvalov stressed that agreements on a wide range of issues of social-economic development of Baikonur town had been reached. Besides, the protocol of the 1st meeting was signed to summarize the work of the inter-government commission of Kazakhstan and Russia on the space complex. The inter-government commission of Kazakhstan and Russia on Baikonur space complex started working in Baikonur on March 28. The work of the commission was participated by around 200 experts of different authorities and ministries from Kazakhstan and Russian sides. The parties discussed different issues in 4 work groups. The agenda of the 1st meeting of the commission included 8 sections and around 20 issues related to Baikonur's functioning, including suggestions on development of a roadmap on joint use of Baikonur complex, implementation of Baiterek SRC project, as well as issues related to functioning of Baikonur town, preparation of agreement on environmental and natural resources management, lowering utility rates, provision of medical services to residents of Baikonur town and Tyura-Tama and Akaya villages and other issues of social and economic development of Baikonur. Representatives of the parties also checked on the facilities of the town and the cosmodrome and the infrastructure of the space complex. Having signed the protocol the participants of the commission went to the cosmodrome to watch the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz-TMA-08M manual craft that was made at 02:43 a.m. Astana time on March 29.
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