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Khrunichev Space Center: 14 Years of Progress

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jun 8, 2007 9:04 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center –KhSC — was formed in June 7, 1993, by presidential decree, by merging the leading Russian rocket technology manufacturer, Khrunichev Machine-building Plant, with a unique space technology designer, Salyut Design Bureau.

The value of this merger has proven itself over the last 14 years, as KhSC has become one of the leading Russian space companies.

The teaming enabled Khrunichev to retain its unique employee base and enhance research, design and production capabilities, as well as to strengthen its financial stability and significantly improve efficiency of its activities.

As the result of these efforts, Russia was able to bring to the commercial market the high-quality, world-class products designed and manufactured by Khrunichev — an outstanding Proton heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Rockot booster rocket, heavy orbital modules and spacecraft.

KhSC was the first Russian space company capable of providing complete and total solutions for space technology – from initial design to pre-launch and launch operations, and mission management.

Since its inception in 1993, KhSC has undergone series of restructurings to become a pillar of Russia’s space industry. KhSC has its headquarters in Moscow, and includes among its branches a number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation. Four major launch vehicle and spacecraft component manufacturers were consolidated under the control of KhSC in February 2007 by another presidential decree.

In 2006 commercial launches by Khrunichev-made vehicles accounted for 24 percent of all global launches of commercial satellites and 50 percent of all Russia’s commercial launches. Proton and Rockot vehicles delivered into orbit 27 percent of the world’s payloads (commercial and government). The company is working to further expand its role and expertise in the world’s space industry and national programmes.

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