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Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti©
Russia’s Energia Space Corporation mulling a new superheavy carrier rocket in partnership with Kazakhstan and Ukraine

The superheavy carrier rocket capable of sending a spaceship of up to 20 tons to the moon.

Russia’s Energia Space Corporation mulling a new superheavy carrier rocket in partnership with Kazakhstan and Ukraine
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Russian cargo ship manages to dock at ISS on second try

The Russian cargo ship that undocked from the International Space Station to perform tests managed to re-couple Sunday after a failed attempt earlier in the week.

Russian cargo ship manages to dock at ISS on second try
Rocket launch from Baikonur cosmodrome. ©RIA Novosti
Russia to overhaul Gagarin launching pad at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur in 2014

Currently the launching pad is used to launch Soyuz TMA vehicles to the ISS as well as cargo vehicles Progress.

Russia to overhaul Gagarin launching pad at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur in 2014
Rocket launch from Baikonur cosmodrome. ©RIA Novosti
Baikonur will develop regardless of Russia's presence: Mussabayev

Head of Kazakhstan Space Agency talked about the future development of Baikonur in case Russia moves out to Vostochnyi cosmodrome.

Baikonur will develop regardless of Russia's presence: Mussabayev
Rocket being brought to the launching pad. ©RIA Novosti
Delayed Russian launches from Baikonur scheduled for July and September 2012

Two Russian space launches from Kazakhstan's Baikonur will be made in the middle of summer and the beginning of autumn.

Delayed Russian launches from Baikonur scheduled for July and September 2012
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Terrorists may attack Baikonur in guise of tourists

Head of Baikonur administration believes that making the city a tourist center will increase the risk of terrorist attacks.

Terrorists may attack Baikonur in guise of tourists
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Kazakhstan permitted Russia to resume launches from Baikonur

We have agreed that Kazakhstan issues a permit to Russia for these unplanned launches: Karim Massimov.

Kazakhstan permitted Russia to resume launches from Baikonur
Baikonur cosmodrome. Stock photo of Tengrinews.kz
Equipment at Baikonur will last for 10 years only

And it is not by accident that by this time Russia plans to build a cosmodrome of its own [Vostochny] in its own territory: National Space Agency’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

Equipment at Baikonur will last for 10 years only
Chairman of Kazakhstan National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Astana does not hinder launches of Russian satellitles from Baikonur: Kazakhstan Space Agency

Kazakhstan has never banned the coordinated launches. Do not blow it into a political issue: Mussabayev.

Astana does not hinder launches of Russian satellitles from Baikonur: Kazakhstan Space Agency
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti©
Russia to resume launches at Baikonur within a month

Kazakhstan hasn’t prohibited any launches that were concerted in advance: KazKosmos Head.

Russia to resume launches at Baikonur within a month
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti©
Russia’s State Space Agency Head to visit Kazakhstan to discuss the drop zone for rocket debris

Plans are there to secure a long-term agreement so that not to obtain a permit for each individual launch.

Russia’s State Space Agency Head to visit Kazakhstan to discuss the drop zone for rocket debris
Baikonur cosmodrome. RIA Novosti©
Not a single space power operates from other countries’ cosmodromes: Russia's Vice PM

Russia will keep on cooperating with Kazakhstan at the Baikonur cosmodrome while the Russia-based Vostochnyi cosmodrome is gaining momentum: Russia’s Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Not a single space power operates from other countries’ cosmodromes: Russia's Vice PM
Baikonur cosmodrome. Stock photo of Tengrinews.kz
Cosmodrome Baikonur has been overstretched for the recent years: RosCosmos Space Agency Vice Head Aleksandr Lopatin

However friendly Kazakhstan may be, the facility is a rented one. It is a political issue. I don’t mean that Kazakhstan may abruptly “cut off the oxygen” for Russia: Aleksandr Lopatin.

Cosmodrome Baikonur has been overstretched for the recent years: RosCosmos Space Agency Vice Head Aleksandr Lopatin
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Kazakhstan’s Vice PM commissioned to negotiate delayed Baiterek space launch complex with Russia

Initially the Baiterek (“poplar tree”) space launch complex was supposed to be constructed at Baikonur in 2013, following the testings of Angara booster rocket.

Kazakhstan’s Vice PM commissioned to negotiate delayed Baiterek space launch complex with Russia
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Kazakhstan is waiting for Russia’s decision on Baiterek space launch complex

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: National Space Agency Vice head.

Kazakhstan is waiting for Russia’s decision on Baiterek space launch complex
A representative of Russia's military establishments. Photo by Shamil Zhumatov, REUTERS
Russia’s military establishments to step out of Baikonur by early 2012

11284 military division formed on June 2, 1955 and known as the Fifth science and research training ground of the USSR Military of Defense, will be liquidated by the end of December.

Russia’s military establishments to step out of Baikonur by early 2012
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Kazakhstan lifts ban on launches of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles

An intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched from Baikonur in November: Vladimir Popovkin, Head of the Federal Space Agency

Kazakhstan lifts ban on launches of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles
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Kazakh-Russian project to construct the Baiterek space launch complex 1.5 years behind the schedule

Initially the Baiterek (“poplar tree”) space launch complex was supposed to be constructed at Baikonur in 2013, following the testings of Angara booster rocket.

Kazakh-Russian project to construct the Baiterek space launch complex 1.5 years behind the schedule
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Kazakhstan’s Parliament calls for greater Baikonur rent payments

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentarians believe the $115 million paid by Russia to rent the Baikonur cosmodrome is no longer enough.

Kazakhstan’s Parliament calls for greater Baikonur rent payments
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Kazakhstan’s Space Agency demands greater clarity with regards to Baiterek launch complex for Russia’s Angara booster rocket

It’s time to sit down and think if we really need the project that is likely not to pay back. The risks are huge: Mr. Mussabayev.

Kazakhstan’s Space Agency demands greater clarity with regards to Baiterek launch complex for Russia’s Angara booster rocket