Russians, Kazakhs Move Forward on Land Lanch, Angara Complex

KAZCOSMOS PAO — On 16-18 February 2011, a Kazakh delegation headed by Chairman Kazkosmos T. Musabaev held talks with representatives of Roscosmos in Moscow. Participants discussed the prospects of Kazakhstan’s participation in the “Land Launch” project and the establishment of the “Baiterek” launch complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Roscosmos representatives supported the intention of the Kazakh side to participate in the implementation of the Russian – Ukrainian project “Land Launch” and it was agreed to hold further consultations of experts Kazkosmos and Space Agency to work through the issue of phasing and the mechanisms of Kazakhstan’s joining the project.

[Editor’s Note: Land Launch uses Ukrainian-built Zenit boosters to send satellites into space. The rocket is similar to the ones used by Sea Launch.]

Musabayev and Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov were briefed by Kazakh and Russian experts on the harmonization of the draft protocol between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on amendments and supplements to the Agreement on the establishment at the Baikonur Cosmodrome CBC Baiterek of 22 December 2004.

Following the talks, the Kazakh and Russian sides agreed to expedite the process of harmonization of internal procedures and organizational documents for the establishment of the CRC Baiterek.

[Editor’s Note: The Baiterek complex will be used to launch Russia’s new Angara rocket, which is scheduled for its first test launch in 2012.]