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Indonesia will be Russia’s principal “Air Start” corporation partner
Indonesia will be Russia’s principal “Air Start” corporation partner, president of the venture Anatoly Karpov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday in the course of the MAKS-2007 aviation and space salon. “The equatorial spaceport on the Indonesian island of Biak” will be the most important element of this project, he said. It will include an airport, able to handle An-124-100VS “Ruslan” planes, all the necessary infrastructure to make use of different space equipment, to fuel the booster rocket landed from the plane, etc. “The spaceport will be jointly owned by the Russian and Indonesian partners (50 to 50 percent), which will give them much broader access to outer space,” Karpov noted. The first aviatorial stage will make possible a proper choice of “safe flight courses, including over the world ocean, and to guarantee the azimuth universality of launchings.” “The cargo carrying capacity of the booster rockets will be As to Indonesia, the “Air Start” chief believes that participation in the project will “give it a new status, that of a space power, and will enhance its global authority”. Moreover, “countries of the entire Asia-Pacific region will get broad opportunities to benefit by cheap launch services, which is bound to have a favourable effect on the region’ s economic development.” The intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes was signed between the two countries during Indonesian President Susilo Bambarga Yudhoyono’s visit to Russia in December 2006.
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