Russia Finds International Cooperation Increasingly Profitable

Angara rocket engine test. The first stage of Angara was funded through a joint venture with South Korea.
Angara rocket engine test. The first stage of Angara was funded through a joint venture with South Korea.

The Roskosmos website has the transcript of an interview that deputy director Sergei Saveliev gave to RK magazine. The session covered a range of topics, including Russia’s increasingly profitable international cooperation and the possibility of Russian involvement in the next generation of Indian rockets. Some highlights:

“Today, in the field of space activity 75 intergovernmental agreements were concluded by Russia, including a set of 26 Russian-Kazakhstan agreements on cosmodrome ‘Baikonur’, and also 42 interdepartmental agreements. Preparation of 20 intergovernmental agreements with 18 countries is in the process. The number of joint projects increased. All this is due to the fact of improvement of industry financing. Russian government assured prompt support for leading enterprises of space-rocket industry in crisis, and it inspired them with confidence in the future.”

Q: Do the experts consider Indian and South Korean markets perspective?

“We have signed major international contracts with these countries. The oxygen-hydrogen upper-stage rockets are delivered in India. There are consultations on possible participation of Russia in works on creation of the Indian launches of new generation.

“And also, joint development and construction of launch facility for light class rocket-carrier KSLV-1 with the Republic of Korea are in process. The first liquid-propellant stage is developed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the second propellant stage — by the Korean side. In 2008, in Republic Korea building of Naro Space Center was finished. Russia was involved in this work.”

Is it profitable?

“I will mention just one figure: the financial benefit from international projects in 2008 in comparison with 2007 increased by 32 percent.”

Read the full interview.