Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 8 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
At an Extraordinary General Meeting, shareholders of the Kazakhstan-Russian joint space venture Baiterek, elected Kuat Mustafinov to the post of JV General Director, Kazakh Space Agency reported on Tuesday.
Mustafinov has served in the post of Barterer's general director for two last years.
The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan. It is leased by the Kazakh government to Russia (currently until 2050) and is managed jointly by the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Russian Space Forces.
Under the current Russian space programme, Baikonur remains a busy space port with numerous commercial, military and scientific missions being launched annually.
A contract on establishing the Russia-Kazakhstan Baiterek Joint Venture was signed in 2004. Each country holds a 50 per cent stake in the project.
Baiterek is intended for commercial space programmes and projects, as well as the implementation of the national space programme of Kazakhstan and Russia.
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