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Russian aerospace company hopes to prolong Kourou launches contract

June 17, 2013, 14:05 UTC+3

TsKB Progress general designer Ravil Akhmetov talks about plans in Le Bourget

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LE BOURGET, June 17 (Itar-Tass) - TsKB Progress, the Russia-based producer of Soyuz rockets, hopes to prolong the contract on launches from the Kourou spaceport, TsKB Progress general designer Ravil Akhmetov said here on Monday.

"Our stands presents a range of rockets; also, during the air show, we intend continue talks over further rocket launches from Kourou," Akhmetov said.

"We have contracts for the next few years; we wish to look at further terms," he noted. Akhmetov declined to elaborate on how far the plans to launch rockets from French Guiana might extend.

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