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Russia plans to resume launches of Dnepr rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome by the end of this year
Russia plans to resume launches of Dnepr rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome by the end of this year, Federal Space Agency’s deputy director Viktor Remishevsky said. “We have a very serious task for this carrier for the end of the year. The rocket is to deliver in orbit a satellite of the European Space Agency,” he told reporters on Tuesday. Remishevsky said that a final decision on further launches of Dnepr from Baikonur would be made after a Russian-Kazakh intergovernmental commission finished its work. It is to determine a compensation for damage that was caused by a crash of a Dnepr in July. The commission will hold its final meeting in a few days, and there is hope that all issues of environmental monitoring and damage compensation will be resolved, Remishevsky said. Russia will reimburse to Kazakhstan the environmental damage left by the fall of the rocket that was launched from Baikonur on July 26. All 18 satellites that it carried, including Belarus’ BelKa, were lost in the crash. Dnepr is a conversion of heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles RS-20. A component of its fuel is the toxic substance heptil. Specialists of Russia and Kazakhstan made an environmental examination in the area of the rocket’s crash.
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