Kazakhstan not to create space rocket complex without participation of Russia

Kazakhstan Materials 31 January 2012 21:36 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan.31 /Trend L.Podolyak/

It is unwisely for Kazakhstan to create a space rocket complex Baiterek at the Baikonur cosmodrome without the participation of Russia, the chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev said at the board office on Tuesday.

Musabayev said, initially according to the agreement the Kazakh side did not have any guarantees on the final project cost and timing of commissioning the complex, as well as on supply of required number of Angara rockets for start-ups to obtain orders for commercial launches.

In addition, the cost of the project has grown more than seven times from $223 million to $1,6 billion.

Musabayev said, one more circumstance which radically changes the situation has appeared recently. The Russian side considers the decision to use Angara rocket carrier in "Vostochniy" cosmodrome, which is planned to be established in the Amur region.

"Without the interest of the Russian side in creation of Baiterek space rocket complex its further implementation will become inappropriate for Kazakhstan, as ground complex for Angara rocket carrier created at Vostochniy cosmodrome will be the direct competitor of Baiterek ground space rocket complex" Musabayev said.