Kazakhstan Space Agency Warns Russia over Suspending its Lease of Cosmodrome
As per recent reports, the head of the Kazakhstan`s space agency has warned that the Russia's lease over the Baikonur cosmodrome can be suspended.
The cosmodrome at Baikonur is world's first and largest space launch facility which is located in the desert area of Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan's government has given it on lease to Russia in a deal valid up to 2050.
Russia pays Kazakhstan a sum of $115 million per year for using the cosmodrome. The site is currently the only one in the world which sends astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Next week, a crew of three men from Russia, the US and Canada shall take off for orbiting the lab next week.
The governments of both the countries shall be meeting the intergovernmental commission over the issue in the coming days. There are some serious concerns that need to be sorted out before any decision regarding the lease is taken.
The commission shall be headed by the deputy prime ministers of both the countries. If the lease is suspended, space program of Russia will suffer badly. "The head of state has set us the task and has already agreed with Vladimir Putin to develop a new comprehensive agreement on Baikonur, which can envisage termination of its leasing", said Talgat Musabayev, the Head of Kazakh's space agency.