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Russian – European joint venture Eurockot reaches its 12th birthday

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:03 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:

In 22 March, 1995, a Bremen-based Eurockot company was formally set up jointly by Khrunichev State Space Research and Production Space Center (KhSC), a Russian space industry leader, and German aerospace center Deutsche Aerospace AG (DASA).

This event followed in a year after Khrunichev and DASA joined to market and sale Russia –made lightweight Rockot vehicle and signed the Joint Venture Agreement in May 1994.

Eurockot made a substantial financial investment in Russian space industry. This investment resulted in creation of up-to–date, reliable and competitively priced Rockot launch system with state-of –the-art dedicated launch facilities in Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Norther Russia.

The creation of Eurockot enabled Khrunichev Space Center to expand its activities and introduce a new competitive product in the space market – Rockot launch vehicle based on the RS-18 ( SS-19) intercontinental ballistic missile , with a Briz KM upper stage KM upper stage.

Eurockot Launch Services GmbH, which is now the joint venture of EADS Astrium and Khrunichev, holding 51% and 49% respectively, provides launch services to operators of low earth orbit satellites.

Since 2000, under Eurockot auspices, Rockot has performed 7 launches and delivered a total of fifteen spacecraft precisely into their required orbits for operators from USA, Eastern Asia and Europe.

The joint venture is confident of capturing and widening its market position.

Thus, Eurockot has secured contracts from European Space Agency to launch environmental and climate satellites within ESA’s core Earth Explorer Missions. Eurockot will perform its next launch from Plesetsk for the European Space Agency (ESA) with the GOCE earth observation satellite. In February 2007 Eurockot announced a new contract to launch Japanese SERVIS-2 spacecraft on a Rockot launch vehicle.

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