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5 June 2018


On May 22-25, GK Launch Services together with its partners from Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome to survey the facilities to be engaged in CAS500-1 and CAS500-2 launch campaigns.

The survey was arranged and guided by TsENKI and its subsidiaries: Yuzhnoye Space Center, Motor Design Bureau, Research Institute for Launch Complexes, KBTKhM. Lavochkin Association representatives also joined the team.

The agreement for CAS500-1 launch services was signed with KARI on August 17, 2017 and a similar agreement for CAS500-2 was concluded with KAI next day, August 18. Both missions are expected to be launched from 2019 to 2020.

Established upon the Roscosmos decision and in furtherance of its strategy to develop commercial launch services, GK Launch Services is an operator authorized to conclude contracts for rendering commercial launch services to satellites with the use of Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from the Russian launch sites.