[FPSPACE] Semyonov: Progress Launch a Generous "Good Will Gesture"
Tue, 8 Aug 2000 12:45:21 EDT
Rocket builder Energiya reports dearth of funds for ISS program
BAIKONUR. Aug 7 (Interfax-Kazakhstan) - The Russian Energiya rocket-
corporation "doesn't have spacecraft for the International Space Station
[ISS] paid for by
the state," Energiya President Yuri Semyonov told Interfax on Monday.
The launch of the Zvezda service module by a Proton booster-rocket
Baikonur cosmodrome on July 12 and the lift-off of a Soyuz-U rocket carrying
Progress-M1-3 cargo ship up to the ISS on Sunday were goodwill gestures on
the part of
Energiya, Semyonov said.
In his opinion, he noted, the present situation could well have a
negative impact on
the program for constructing and running the space station.
Semyonov went on to say that this serious problem should be ironed out
with the Russian government. The corporation recognizes its responsibilities
new space program, "but can no longer stake everything," he said, pointing
out that the
government owes Energiya about $40 million.
However, the Progress-M1-4 cargo craft should be launched with a
booster-rocket in September in the framework of the ISS project. A Soyuz-TM
vehicle is also due to fly up to the ISS on October 30, carrying the first
crew to the orbiting station.