Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Russians to Build Spaceport at Kourou Centre Spatial Guyanais
The Russian Space Agency has started construction of a new spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana along the South American Equator in February. Anatoly Perminov predicted the first blast off in 2009 of a Soyuz-2 1B booster from the new Kourou location in Moscow this week.
Construction of the new Russian launch facilities at the “Centre Spatial Guyanais” (CSG) will enable greater integration and synergy among the Russian and European space agencies in the years ahead. The Russians have repeatedly pitched the possibility of the European Union investment in the development of upgraded Soyuz boosters and a new spacecraft called Kliper after the Russian and French governments formally agreed to bring Soyuz to Kourou in November 2003.