conducts launches of the Soyuz and modernized
Soyuz from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome, one of the world's busiest launch sites. The
Cosmodrome is used by Soyuz for a variety of missions, including
human space flights.
use the Cosmodrome's proven infrastructure, with two launch
pads dedicated to Soyuz missions. Areas for customers and spacecraft
ground support equipment are located at the launch sites and
in the control bunker. Starsem's new state-of-the-art Payload
Processing Facilities with Class 100,000 (1158 m2) clean
rooms are used for satellite integration, fueling and checkout
capability of these facilities has been demonstrated during
the pre-launch operations of Starsem's 26 flights. The launch
pad and related facilities have been upgraded to provide launch
capability with the modernized Soyuz launch vehicle as well
as to meet user requirements.
Starsem was also
a partner in building the Sputnik
Hotel, a facility situated close to the Cosmodrome in the
city of Baikonur. This world-class, 125-room facility is available
for Starsem customers and provides an optimal environment for
both work and recreation. Transportation is readily available
to and from the Cosmodrome.
is situated in the Republic of Kazakhstan in central Asia, between
45° and 46° North latitude and 63° East longitude.
An international agreement forged between Russia and Kazakhstan
to use the Cosmodrome until 2020 ensures the long-term operation
of Soyuz from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.