Kazakhstan and Russia to build Baiterek space launch complex at Baikonur
Celebration of the 65th anniversary of the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome was postponed to October 4 of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. On this day, a number of important events are expected to take place that may be attended even by presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan.
Nearly 5,000 launches have been organized since the spaceport began operating. The number of tourists who want to visit the Cosmodrome grows every year. A representative of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities in Kazakhstan Anatoliy Krasnikov told about the life of the unique Baikonyr city and further development of the spaceport.
“The city received a new impetus, its future became clearer. We see what projects need to be developed in the city, including creation of the Baiterek space launch complex (SLC), modernization of the Gagarin's Start launch site and other interesting projects. We have established close contacts with the administration of Kyzylorda region and Baikonyr city. We cooperate with them very closely to develop the city further,” said Anatoliy Krasnikov.
He suggested that the construction work at the site of the Baiterek SLC at the Baikonur Cosmodrome would begin at the end of this year or next year. He added that the agreement is currently being negotiated between the customer of this project, which is the Kazakh party, and Russian enterprises that will carry out work on the design of the complex and its construction with the involvement of Kazakh companies.
“We hope that we will make this deal soon. We are pleased that the Kazakh party is ready to start financing the project to create ground-based infrastructure for this complex,” commented the Roscosmos representative.
As previously reported, flight tests of the Baiterek SLC with the Soyuz-5 medium-class launch vehicle will begin in 2022. Krasnikov also mentioned that perhaps it will be renamed to the “Nazarbayev launch”.
“This name has already taken root de facto. We often use the name “Nazarbayev Start” in our daily work, at meetings and negotiations,” said Krasnikov.