General Director of “S7 Space transportation system,” Sergey Sopov told about the cost of floating cosmodrome “Sea launch” and praised how much it will cost the withdrawal of its conservation. About this newspaper “Izvestia”.
“The total investment in the acquisition of the cosmodrome “Sea launch”, including the withdrawal of its preservation, is about $ 150 million. The question of raising any additional funds not yet being discussed,” said Sopov.
According to him, the company has already received permission from the U.S. state Department for the purchase of the floating spaceport. SOPs expects that the transaction will be closed in early 2018. The first launch will be made until the end of 2019. The company ordered 12 of carrier rockets “Zenit”, which are assembled in the US, and this will last until 2022.
The work on creation of floating cosmodrome “Sea launch” began in 1995. The founders of the eponymous company became Boeing, RSC Energia, Norwegian shipbuilding company Kvaerner (now Aker Solutions), the Ukrainian KB “southern” and “Pivdenmash.”
In the summer of 2009, the company Sea launch declared bankruptcy and after reorganization of a leading role in the project received the RSC “Energia”. That platform will buy the subsidiary companies of S7 Group became known in September 2016.
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