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Russia to move space launches inside the country

17 Apr '12
Under the RF space sector development strategy till 2030, the share of space launches from within Russia will grow from current 25% to 90% in 2030, news agency RIA Novosti reports.

Today Russia launches most of state and commercial launches from Baikonur cosmodrome that it rents from Kazakhstan for $115m per year. Another $50m Russian annually spends on maintenance of the cosmodrome facilities. The rent agreement is valid till 2050.

Russia is thus expected to gradually move state-operated space launches inside the country, to its existing Plesetsk cosmodrome, and then the new cosmodrome Vostochny.

Under the strategy, Baikonur will be used for launching space ships for social-economic and scientific purposes, as well as provide pilot programs, and withdraw commercial loads, until the tasks are moved to the Vostochny cosmodrome.

Under plans, the Plesetsk cosmodrome will be used for space programs in defense and security sectors, as well as civil launches. The Vostochny cosmodrome will be launchig medium-, heavy-, and super-heavy-class carrier rockets in strategic purposes.
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