[FPSPACE] FIRST RUSSIAN ROCKETS MAY BLAST OFF FROM FRENCH SPACEPORT IN 2006

james oberg joberg@houston.rr.com
Wed, 11 Jun 2003 09:55:45 -0500


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 What are the long-term strategic implications of this? Will we ever see =
ISS launches made from this pad, if it is ever really built?





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FIRST RUSSIAN ROCKETS MAY BLAST OFF FROM FRENCH SPACEPORT IN 2006
MOSCOW ITAR-TASS IN ENGLISH 1615 GMT 4 JUN 03
BY YELENA VOLKOVA

   MOSCOW, JUNE 4 (ITAR-TASS) - THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE

AGENCY HAS GIVEN A GREEN LIGHT TO THE PROJECT, IN WHICH RUSSIAN=20

SOYUZ BOOSTER ROCKETS WILL BE LAUNCHED FROM THE KURU SPACEPORT IN=20

FRENCH GUIANA STARTING FROM 2006, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RUSSIAN=20

FOREIGN MINISTRY SAID ON WEDNESDAY.

   A TOTAL OF 314 MILLION EURO WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR THAT PROJECT,

ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO SAID. FRANCE, WHICH WAS THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC

SUPPORTER OF THE PROJECT, WILL ASSUME THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL BURDEN.

OTHER EXPENSES WILL BE SHARED AMONG GERMANY, BELGIUM, AUSTRIA,

SPAIN, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND.

   CLOSE COOPERATION ON THE PROJECT BETWEEN RUSSIA AND FRANCE MAKES

IT POSSIBLE TO SAY "RUSSIA AND FRANCE ARE BECOMING REAL COMMERCIAL

AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN SUCH HIGHLY-TECHNOLOGICAL SPHERE AS THE

SPACE INDUSTRY," YAKOVENKO STRESSED.

   CONSTRUCTION WORK IN KURU WILL BEGIN BEFORE THE YEAR-END AND

WILL TAKE ABOUT 2.5 YEARS. YAKOVENKO SAID REFERRING TO EXPERTS THAT

THE FIRST LAUNCHES OF RUSSIAN SOYUZ SPACECRAFTS IN FRENCH GUIANA

MIGHT BE MADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2006.

   ACCORDING TO HIM, THE DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY "MAY

BE CONSIDERED AS A KEY FACTOR PAVING THE WAY FOR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP

BETWEEN RUSSIA AND EUROPE" IN THE PRODUCTION OF SPACE TRANSPORT

SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE, INCLUDING SHUTTLE SYSTEMS.

   HE BELIEVES "RUSSIAN-EUROPEAN COOPERATION ON THE PROJECT WILL

CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY COMPETITIVENESS IN SPACE

EXPLORATION."

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EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO SPEND EUR 314 M ON RUSSIAN ROCKET PAD IN KOUROU

MOSCOW AGENTSTVO VOYENNYKH NOVOSTEY WWW-TEXT 0549 GMT 2 JUN 03
    MOSCOW. JUNE 2 (INTERFAX-AVN) - EUROPEAN PARTNERS WILL ALLOCATE =
EUR314M TO BUILD A LAUNCH PAD FOR RUSSIAN BOOSTER ROCKETS AT THE KOUROU =
SPACE CENTER IN FRENCH GUIANA, THE HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY'S =
OFFICE IN MOSCOW TOLD INTERFAX. SOME OF THE COUNTRIES HAVE ANNOUNCED =
THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE ESA =
COUNCIL IN PARIS. FRANCE WILL FINANCE HALF OF THE PROJECT, GERMANY WILL =
COVER 6% AND SWITZERLAND WILL PAY FOR 1%-2%, HE SAID. AT THE NEXT STAGE, =
ESA AND THE RUSSIAN AVIATION AND SPACE AGENCY WILL SIGN A COOPERATION =
AGREEMENT RELATED TO LAUNCH VEHICLES AND A JOINT DESIGN OF THE NEW =
GENERATION ROCKET TECHNOLOGY. "THIS WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE," HE =
SAID.


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ITAR-TASS IN ENGLISH 1615 GMT 4 JUN 03</FONT></EM></H2>
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</SPAN>MOSCOW, JUNE 4 (ITAR-TASS) - THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN=20
SPACE<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman">AGENCY HAS GIVEN A GREEN LIGHT TO THE PROJECT, =
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RUSSIAN <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman">SOYUZ BOOSTER ROCKETS WILL BE LAUNCHED FROM THE =
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SPACEPORT IN <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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RUSSIAN <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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WEDNESDAY.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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TOTAL OF 314 MILLION EURO WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR THAT=20
PROJECT,<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO SAID. FRANCE, WHICH WAS THE =
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ENTHUSIASTIC<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman">SUPPORTER OF THE PROJECT, WILL ASSUME THE =
BIGGEST=20
FINANCIAL BURDEN.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">OTHER EXPENSES WILL BE SHARED AMONG GERMANY, =
BELGIUM,=20
AUSTRIA,<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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face=3D"Times New Roman">SPAIN, ITALY AND=20
SWITZERLAND.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman"><SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; =
</SPAN>CLOSE=20
COOPERATION ON THE PROJECT BETWEEN RUSSIA AND FRANCE=20
MAKES<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">IT POSSIBLE TO SAY "RUSSIA AND FRANCE ARE =
BECOMING REAL=20
COMMERCIAL<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
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face=3D"Times New Roman">AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN SUCH =
HIGHLY-TECHNOLOGICAL=20
SPHERE AS THE<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
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face=3D"Times New Roman">SPACE INDUSTRY," YAKOVENKO=20
STRESSED.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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</SPAN>CONSTRUCTION WORK IN KURU WILL BEGIN BEFORE THE YEAR-END=20
AND<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">WILL TAKE ABOUT 2.5 YEARS. YAKOVENKO SAID =
REFERRING TO=20
EXPERTS THAT<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">THE FIRST LAUNCHES OF RUSSIAN SOYUZ SPACECRAFTS =
IN FRENCH=20
GUIANA<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">MIGHT BE MADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF=20
2006.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman"><SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>ACCORDING TO HIM, THE DECISION OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY=20
"MAY<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">BE CONSIDERED AS A KEY FACTOR PAVING THE WAY =
FOR GLOBAL=20
PARTNERSHIP<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">BETWEEN RUSSIA AND EUROPE" IN THE PRODUCTION OF =
SPACE=20
TRANSPORT<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE, INCLUDING SHUTTLE=20
SYSTEMS.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman"><SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; =
</SPAN>HE=20
BELIEVES "RUSSIAN-EUROPEAN COOPERATION ON THE PROJECT=20
WILL<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY =
COMPETITIVENESS=20
IN SPACE<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">EXPLORATION."<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
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face=3D"Times New Roman">&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoBodyText style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><STRONG><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D3>EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO SPEND EUR 314 M =
ON RUSSIAN=20
ROCKET PAD IN KOUROU</FONT></STRONG></P>
<H2 style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><EM><FONT face=3D"Times New Roman" =
size=3D3>MOSCOW=20
AGENTSTVO VOYENNYKH NOVOSTEY WWW-TEXT 0549 GMT 2 JUN 03</FONT></EM></H2>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; =
mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman"><SPAN style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
</SPAN>MOSCOW. JUNE 2 (INTERFAX-AVN) - EUROPEAN PARTNERS WILL ALLOCATE =
EUR314M=20
TO BUILD A LAUNCH PAD FOR RUSSIAN BOOSTER ROCKETS AT THE KOUROU SPACE =
CENTER IN=20
FRENCH GUIANA, THE HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY'S OFFICE IN MOSCOW =
TOLD=20
INTERFAX. SOME OF THE COUNTRIES HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO =
THE=20
PROJECT AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE ESA COUNCIL IN PARIS. FRANCE WILL =
FINANCE=20
HALF OF THE PROJECT, GERMANY WILL COVER 6% AND SWITZERLAND WILL PAY FOR =
1%-2%,=20
HE SAID. AT THE NEXT STAGE, ESA AND THE RUSSIAN AVIATION AND SPACE =
AGENCY WILL=20
SIGN A COOPERATION AGREEMENT RELATED TO LAUNCH VEHICLES AND A JOINT =
DESIGN OF=20
THE NEW GENERATION ROCKET TECHNOLOGY. "THIS WILL HAPPEN IN THE NEAR =
FUTURE," HE=20
SAID.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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