Russia and Kazakhstan agree to resume Proton-M launches from Baikonur 12 декабря 2013, 18:00
Russia has agreed with Kazakhstan on resuming Proton-M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Dmitriy Rogozin, Russian Vice-Prime-MInister, said after his official visit to Astana.
"I had a meeting with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Essentially we came to a mutual understanding about unblocking Proton launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome," RIA Novosti quotes Rogozin as saying.
According to him, the Russian delegation also discussed other questions during their visit in Kazakhstan, such as the future of Russian-Ukrainian-Kazakh rocket project Baiterek, new drop zones for spent Soyuz rocket carrier's stages in Kazakhstan and cooperation between defense enterprises of the two countries.
Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket [equipped with a DM-3 booster] carrying three Glonass-M navigation satellites crashed right after the lift-off at Kazakhstan-based Baikonur cosmodrome on July 2, 2013. Kazakhstan evaluated the damage, caused by the accident, in amount of 13.5 billion tenge ($89.5 million).