Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan Agree on New Baikonur Launch Complex for Zenit

Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin, GKAU head Yuri Alexeev, and Kazkosmos head Talgat Musabayev meet in Yalta. (Credit: Kazkosmos)

Yalta, Ukraine (Kazkosmos PR) — In the sidelines of the meeting in Yalta representatives of executive authorities of CIS member states on cooperation in the space sector held a trilateral meeting of heads of space agencies of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.

Chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, and chairman of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (GKAU) Yuri Alexeev after a discussion of issues of cooperation and the prospects for the implementation of the project at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Baiterek on the basis of the launch vehicle (LV) Zenit signed a joint protocol.

According to the document heads of space agencies of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine have confirmed their interest in the development of trilateral cooperation in commercial space launch system (SLS) Zenit in the project of the AAC Baiterek.

The minutes noted that the parties have worked for the specific conditions and mechanisms of participation and cooperation of all interested companies and organizations in the commercial operation of the AAC Zenit in the framework of the project Baiterek at all stages, from the production of Zenit to provide launch services.

Space Agency of Ukraine will send to Kazkosmos and Roscosmos its proposals on the prospects of cooperation in the framework of the project Baiterek, after consideration of which decisions will be taken.

T. Musabaev noted that in the execution of orders of the president of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federal Space Agency and Kazkosmos experts to study the possibility and advisability of transfer KRK Baiterek with the Russian carrier rocket Angara in Ukrainian carrier rocket Zenit.

“We already have the experience of a tripartite international cooperation under the Dnepr. According to the protocol of the meeting the heads of space agencies, we have confirmed the need for a space rocket complex Baiterek at the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine,” said T. Musabaev.

Yu.Alekseev stressed that Ukraine is interested in the use of the carrier rocket Zenit in the creation of the launch complex Baiterek at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

“This will allow us to strengthen our market position and image Zenit and expand international cooperation with Kazakhstan in the space sector,” he said.