Waspie_Dwarf Posted March 22 #1 Share Posted March 22 (IP: Staff) · Kazakhstan’s seizure of Russian space assets threatens the Soyuz-5 rocket Russia has spent nearly $1 billion on the development of the new Soyuz-5 rocket. Quote The Soviet Union created the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1955 to serve as a test site for intercontinental ballistic missiles. A few years later it became the world's first spaceport with the launch of the historic Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 missions. The sprawling cosmodrome was a mainstay of the Soviet space program. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia leased the spaceport from the government of Kazakhstan and currently has an agreement to use the facilities through the year 2050. Russia pays an annual lease fee of about $100 million. Neither country is particularly happy with the relationship; the Kazakh government feels like it is under-compensated, and the Russian government would like it to be in its own country, which is why it has moved in recent years to build a new launch site for most of its rockets in the Far East of Russia, at Vostochny. Read More: Ars Technica 4 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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