Kazakhstan demands $85 mln for Proton-M crash

Kazakh officials demanded 85 million dollars for the Russian Proton-M rocket carrying 600 tons of highly toxic heptyl, amyl and kerosene fuel.

Kazakhstan demands $85 mln for Proton-M crash

World Bulletin / News Desk

The price of the environmental damage caused by the "Proton -M" accident in July amounts to 85 million dollars, Kazakh officials said.

The calculated damage was conveyed to Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) via diplomatic channels, the Ministry of Environment and Water of Kazakhstan said in a statement.

Roscosmos issued a declaration of intent for compensating the damage caused by the accident of the "Proton-M" carrier rocket, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Experts at the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (KazCosmos) reportedly discovered that the hazardous substance rate does not exceed the maximum level in the area affected by the accident.

Located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan, the Baikonur cosmodrome is the largest space launch complex in the world. Russia, which launches all of its manned space flights from Baikonur, rented the complex until 2050, paying 115 million dollars to Kazakhstan annually. More than a thousand rockets have been launched from Baikonur since 1955. Kazakhstan has recently limited some rocket tests due to the escalating danger of environmental hazards.

On July 2, the Russian Proton-M rocket crashed seventeen seconds after taking off from Baikonur cosmodrome. The rocket was carrying 600 tons of highly toxic heptyl, amyl and kerosene fuel, which raised fears of serious environmental hazards in the surrounding area.

Last Mod: 22 Kasım 2013, 17:17
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