Modernization of the launch complex “Zenit” from Baikonur under the launches of carrier rocket “Soyuz-5” will be conducted by the Kazakhstan Russian Center for operation of ground space infrastructure (TsENKI), told RIA Novosti the head of TsENKI rano dzhuraeva.
In June, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced that Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed on a programme to accelerate the creation of the rocket “Soyuz-5” and starting the infrastructure for it Baikonur: Russia takes on increased responsibilities for the funding and creation of the launch of the middle class, Kazakhstan — modernization of the launch complex.
“We are going to do this work. The time we have — 2021, 2022 — the first launch. And besides us, no one will be able to: it so happened that TsENKI is from the times of the USSR the exclusive provider of such services. Other companies that would be able to develop ground-based space infrastructure, just no,” said Juraev.
According to her, the Kazakh side after approval of the project will be able to conclude with TsENKI contract for the upgrade of ground space infrastructure of the launch complex.
“We already have such experience: at the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana we created the infrastructure for launching Russian rockets “Soyuz-ST”. There was built the technical and launch complex, fuel station and much more. We participate in the preparation of launches, because apart from us with our equipment, no one can not work” , — concluded Juraev.
“Soyuz-5” — the rocket of the middle class developed in Russia to replace Ukrainian “Zenith”. The media will be able to output in low-earth orbit of up to 17 tonnes payload, including the manned program, and in geostationary orbit (with booster) — up to 2.5 tons.