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International trio takes shortcut to space station
International trio takes shortcut to space station

An international trio flying in a Russian capsule docked the International Space Station on Wednesday with a busy schedule full of space walks and an encounter with a pioneering US cargo craft.

International trio takes shortcut to space station
Rocket transportation to launch site at Baikonur. ©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan to make Baikonur rocket launches a tourist attraction

Kazakhstan wants to make rocket launches from Baikonur cosmodrome a tourist attraction.

Kazakhstan to make Baikonur rocket launches a tourist attraction
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti ©
Kazakhstan to continue space cooperation with Russia at Baikonur even beyond 2050: KazKosmos National Space Agency

Tengrinews.kz reported earlier, citing Russia’s Izvestia, that Russia may bring its operations at the Baikonur cosmodrome close to zero as early as by 2020.

Kazakhstan to continue space cooperation with Russia at Baikonur even beyond 2050: KazKosmos National Space Agency
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti ©
Russia’s President believes Kazakhstan-based Baikonur is obsolete

We are aligning projects so that Baikonur could be also used. Surely, we will be exploiting it in partnership with space experts and agencies of Kazakhstan: Vladimir Putin.

Russia’s President believes Kazakhstan-based Baikonur is obsolete
Launch from Baikonur. RIA Novosti ©
Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency suggests two scenarios of operations at Baikonur

Along the crisis scenario, Baikonur infrastructure will only be supported after 2021 to accommodate individual launches.

Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency suggests two scenarios of operations at Baikonur
Tengrinews.kz stock photo
Kazakhstan and Russia may revise Baikonur agreement

The joint use of Baikonur cosmodrome rented by Russia from Kazakhstan has to be reviewed: head of Roskosmos.

Kazakhstan and Russia may revise Baikonur agreement
Baikonur cosmodrome. ©REUTERS
Baiterek SRC project to be based on Zenit rocket

Kazakhstan and Russia agreed to use Zenit launcher in Baiterek (SRC) space rocket complex.

Baiterek SRC project to be based on Zenit rocket
Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS
Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS

A crew of two Russians and an American blasted off Friday on a Russian rocket for the International Space Station, in a trip scheduled to be the fastest ever manned journey to the facility.

Three astronauts blast off on express ride to ISS
Proton launcher. ©RIA Novosti
Russia to solve problems with Kazakhstan by abandoning Proton

Head of RosKosmos Vladimir Popovkin declared that Proton launchers would be withdrawn from service after 2020.

Russia to solve problems with Kazakhstan by abandoning Proton
At Baikonur cosmodrome. ©RIA Novosti
Baikonur may become one of EXPO-2017 centers in Kazakhstan

Baikonur space center is going to be part of the EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan.

Baikonur may become one of EXPO-2017 centers in Kazakhstan
Rzakul Nurtayev. ©e-kyzylorda.gov.kz
New Kazakhstan President’s special representative at Baikonur appointed

Outgoing Sabit Kozhakhmetov has been relieved of his duties of President’s special representative at Baikonur as he is being transferred to another position.

New Kazakhstan President’s special representative at Baikonur appointed
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Russia accepts gradual withdrawal of Baikonur facilities out of lease: Vice Head of Russia’s RosKosmos Space Agency

According to him, in return, Kazakhstan doesn’t prevent Russia from launching Proton carrier rockets.

Russia accepts gradual withdrawal of Baikonur facilities out of lease: Vice Head of Russia’s RosKosmos Space Agency
Baikonur. ©REUTERS
Kazakhstan’s Vice PM: decisions over Baikonur to uphold national interests

The Kazakh side will respect all the agreements reached earlier with Russia, our major strategic partner: Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov.

Kazakhstan’s Vice PM: decisions over Baikonur to uphold national interests
A rocket carrier at Baikonur. Photo courtesy of federalspace.ru
First 2013 space launch at Baikonur

A Soyuz-2.1 a rocket carrier carrying 6 Globalstar-2 communications satellites will be launched at 22:20 Astana time.

First 2013 space launch at Baikonur
Soyuz carrier rocket. RIA Novosti©
Russia’s Roskosmos Federal Agency’s 2012 spending on infrastructure and space facilities at Baikonur exceeds $33 million

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

Russia’s Roskosmos Federal Agency’s 2012 spending on infrastructure and space facilities at Baikonur exceeds $33 million
Soyuz carrier rocket. RIA Novosti©
Kazakhstan and Russia agree on rocket drop zone for Soyuz launches

The Russian side will pay $460 000 a year for the use of the rocket drop zone regardless of the number of Soyuz launches.

Kazakhstan and Russia agree on rocket drop zone for Soyuz launches
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Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency may consider reducing the number of Proton launches from Baikonur after 2015

We have a clear agreement with Kazakhstan on launches from 2013 to 2015 inclusive: Roskosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin.

Russia’s Roskosmos Space Agency may consider reducing the number of Proton launches from Baikonur after 2015
Baikonur. ©REUTERS
Intergovernmental committee for Baikonur to sit in March 2013

January 30 Russia’s First Vice PM Igor Shuvalov and Kazakhstan’s Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov are expected to meet to discuss preparation for the sitting.

Intergovernmental committee for Baikonur to sit in March 2013
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov. Photo courtesy of kursiv.kz
Nobody can have Russia and Kazakhstan having rows: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister

In 5 days Kazakhstan’s Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov, co-chairman of the intergovernmental committee for Baikonur issues, would be travelling to Moscow.

Nobody can have Russia and Kazakhstan having rows: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov. © RIA Novosti
Any dispute over Baikonur is merely a regular issue: Russia’s Foreign Minister

According to him, Proton carrier rockets have already been modernized. It is not the first year the two sides have agreed on the number of launches.

Any dispute over Baikonur is merely a regular issue: Russia’s Foreign Minister