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Roscosmos to get 1.5 billion rubles for Phobos's loss

February 02, 2012, 12:34 UTC+3
Roscosmos hopes to get an insurance worth 1.5 billion rubles for the loss of the Phobos- Grunt interplanetary station
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MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) — Roscosmos hopes to get an insurance worth 1.5 billion rubles for the loss of the Phobos- Grunt interplanetary station, Chief of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Vladimir Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio on Thursday.

"Many have been talking about five billion, but the cost of the spaceship is 1.5 billion. It was insured, and we will be paid the insurance," Popovkin said.

The 3.5 billion rouble difference between the costs of the spaceship and the overall project covered modernization of ground control systems, which enables to ensure control on distant space orbits, Popovkin said. "The things on which the 3. 5 billion were spent remained, and we can now use them," Popovkin added.

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