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Rogozin Tours Sea Launch Platform, Discusses Future Space Activities with Primorsky Krai Governor

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
September 10, 2020
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Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin (center) tours Sea Launch facilities. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PRs) — Roscosmos management headed by its Director General Dmitry Rogozin together with the specialists from Russian space industry enterprises, as well as S7 Space company, estimated the amount of work required to get the Odyssey sea launch platform ready for Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 perspective carrier rocket launches. The launch vehicles are currently being designed in Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of Roscosmos).

Rogozin and Oleg Kozhemyako, governor of Primorsky Krai, discussed the prospects for the development of the country’s space industry at a meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

Sea Launch floating launch platform. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Rogozin stressed that with the appearance of the Sea Launch in the Primorsky Territory, the region becomes space. Port infrastructure may well be suitable for launching rockets into orbit.

“Over the past 15 years, the situation in space has changed, a strong competitor has emerged – China. Now we are dynamically developing the space infrastructure, in addition to the technical reservation of existing launch sites, we are developing a new generation of rocket and space technology. Sea Launch will be modernized. We need to think over the logistics, how we will transport the latest light-heavy missiles from the European part of Russia to the Primorsky Territory, ” Rogozin said.

Sea Launch command ship. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Kozhemyako said that all conditions will be created in Primorye for this promising project for the region and the country to take place.

“For us, this is a step forward in scientific and technical cooperation, prospects for young guys who are mastering aviation and space professions. The restoration of the cosmodrome will make it possible to transport more cargo volumes into orbit by 25-30%. We are ready to support the project and help with infrastructure, other mechanisms related to the authority of the subject, ” Kozhemyako said.

Primorsky Krai Gov. Oleg Kozhemyako, left, speaks with Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: Roscosmos)

In addition, the creation of space infrastructure in the Primorsky Territory will help develop international cooperation with partner countries. The parties also noted the environmental safety of the project – the Soyuz-5 launch vehicles operate on ecological fuel, fragments of the missile’s detached parts will fall into the ocean.