Kazakhstan will work as a part of Cosmotrans project. Moreover, will Ukraine build Russian planes?
Kiev, Ukraine – Possible signature of an agreement providing to build Antonov 148, 158 and 74 aircraft in the Country
(WAPA) – Kazakhstan will work as a part of the Cosmotrans space cooperation project, deputy prime minister Andriy Klyuyev announced yesterday. The project, until now, had been managed from Russia and Ukraine. The agreement was signed on the occasion of the Kazakhistan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s recent visit to Ukraine, and it purchases the joint use of Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space center.
On the basis of his official visit, moreover, deputy prime minister expects that an agreement providing Ukraine to build a still unknown number of aircraft could be signed soon, Klyuyev said, according to “Ria Novosti”. The planes should be An-148, An-158 and An-74.
Baikonur cosmodrome is, to be precise, the oldest but still operating space launch facility in the world. It was built by the Soviet Union and at now it is still under Russian administration although it is located in Kazakhstan. It’s about 124 miles east of Aral Lake, near the city of Tyuratan, in the centre-southern area of the Country. Effectively, it should be called “Tyuratam Cosmodrome”, but the name “Baikonur” was deliberately chosen to misdirect the West Countries about the effective location of the cosmodrome, suggesting it was located next to Baikonur, a mining city situated about 200 miles north-east from the launch complex.
The structure was the base of operations for Soviet ambitious space program from the sixties until the eighties, and it is equipped with facilities for launching both manned and unmanned spacecraft. It supports several generations of Russian spacecraft: Soyuz, Proton, Tsyklon, Dnepr and Zenit. It plays an essential role in routine and line-up operations supporting of the International Space Station (ISS).