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Medvedev orders use of Russian ground systems for launching foreign spacecraft

July 10, 2014, 12:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Telecommunications spacecrafts will be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the use of ground-based tracking stations of the Russian Defense Ministry
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Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

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MOSCOW, July 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered to allow the Russian Defense Ministry to use on a contractual basis the military space systems and complexes and attract military servicemen for the provision of services for the launch of foreign spacecraft. The text of the document is posted on the official website of the Cabinet.

According to the order, the telecommunications spacecraft Eutelsat-9B (France), Inmarsat 5F2 (UK), Inmarsat 5F3 (UK), TurkSat-4B (Turkey) and Astra-2G (Luxembourg) will be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with the use of ground-based tracking stations of the Russian Defense Ministry by the Proton-M carrier rockets with the Briz-M upper stages.

The access of foreign experts to the cosmodrome facilities is allowed for the spacecraft - carrier rocket mating operation.

“The launch of the spacecraft with the use of Russian launch vehicles will promote further strengthening of the positions of Russia on the word market of space services,” the report says.

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