Kazakhstan admits Western countries launches from Baikonur cosmodrome
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 5.
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: Western countries may have the chance to launch spacecrafts from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to a report on the Kazakh Space Agency's website.
"Many Western and CIS member countries express interest in using the cosmodrome," Kazakh Space Agency told Tengrinews.kz
"Although the cosmodrome is being rented out to Russia, we don't rule out that we could work jointly with Western countries if it is economically viable," the agency said.
Meanwhile the agency said the terms of physical deterioration of cosmodrome's equipment will expire by 2023.
Accordingly, the Kazakh Space Agency has taken some steps to preserve and develop the infrastructure of the cosmodrome, such as construction of the Baiterek space rocket complex, and others.
The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in Kazakhstan's desert steppes.. It is being leased by the Kazakh government to Russia (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.