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Kazakhstan to Up Stake in Dnepr Launch Company

Dnepr launch vehicle. (Credit: JSC Kosmotras)

Kazakhstan will plans to increase its share in the Kosmotras launch company from 10 percent to 33.3 percent next year, Kazakh National Space Agency Talgat Musabayev said on Friday, ITAR-TASS reports.

Late last year, the country acquired 10 percent of the Moscow-based joint stock company, which has Russian and Ukrainian partners. Kosmotras, also known as Cosmotrans, launches Dnepr rockets from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the Yasny launch complex in Russia.

“That was the first step in Kazakhstan’s accession to its own spaceport. We have not been present there until now; today we take part in space activities and launches,” he said.

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