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Leading designer for Russia's super-heavy booster to be chosen by yearend — official

September 26, 2014, 18:42 UTC+3 BAIKONUR
A competition for the booster rocket has not been held yet
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BAIKONUR, September 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will decide on a leading designer of a super-heavy booster rocket till the end of the year, Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said on Friday.

A competition for the booster rocket has not been held yet, he said.

“We’ll hold a conciliatory meeting shortly to decide what [of the super-heavy booster] should look like, where the work will be done and who is to lead the way,” he said.

Three leading Russian enterprises - the Progress design bureau, the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, and the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre - are now designing and developing the super-heavy booster, Ostapenko said.

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