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Russia May Create a New Crewed Space Flight Site

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 1:38 pm
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Russia’s National Space Agency Roskosmos undertakes a survey for creating a new space launch center for manned space operations on Russian territory. Currently all crewed Russian flights start in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A domestic Russian launch site is located at Plesetsk but no crewed space flights ever launched from that location.

Russia has been looking into alternatives to Baikonur as they have to pay $115 million each year to Kazakhstan for using the site. In the past several disputes over that status occured and forced delays in launch operations.

Another possibility would be the launch from Kourou, French Guiana which will be capable for these operations with minor modifications after the construction is finished in 2008. Russia and France can look back on a long history of successful cooperations.

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