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Amendments to the Agreement with the Russian Federation on creation of Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex were considered

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The Draft Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Ratification of the Protocol on Amendments and Additions to the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Russian Federation on creation of Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome as of December 22, 2004” was considered at the extended meeting of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Safety.

The Draft Law provides for the ratification of the Protocol amending the above Agreement in terms of updating the basic conditions during creation and sharing of Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex to launch spacecrafts from it and during funding distribution for project implementation between the Kazakh and Russian parties.

The Protocol provides for: replacement of the launch rocket in the project (from Angara launch rocket to the prospective Russian medium  class launch rocket), as well as of the construction site on the basis of Zenit-M Rocket and Space Complex  which is being withdrawn from lease of Baikonur Cosmodrome;

allocation of funding of constituent parts of rocket and space complex between the Parties according to which the Russian Party provides funding for the creation of the launch rocket and means of transportation of its components, modernization of technical complexes of the upper-stage rocket, spacecraft and spacehead, and the Kazakh Party provides funding for reconstruction and modernization of the existing ground infrastructure of Zenit-M Rocket and Space Complex, creation of training equipment for personnel training on operation of the launch and technical complexes;

the date for the start of flight tests of Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex with a medium class launch rocket in 2022 which was not previously defined by the above Agreement, etc.

Talgat Mussabayev, the member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Safety, noted in his report that the creation of Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex will allow Kazakhstan to become a state conducting launching activities using their own ground-based space infrastructure facilities, to achieve positive social effects, such as creation of new jobs in the establishment and operation of the complex. “There will be an opportunity to form our own center for training of qualified personnel in space activities on the basis of Baikonur Cosmodrome facilities,” the Senator summed up.

The document was submitted to the Chamber for consideration.

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