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Squink
2003-Jan-05, 12:38 AM
Russia may quit using the Baykonur Space station in favor of a launch site in French Guiana, according to media reports at the weekend. http://www.herald.kz/wn/11.htm

Glom
2003-Jan-05, 08:10 AM
French Guiana would be more practical because it would require less fuel to launch their payloads.

ToSeek
2003-Jan-05, 03:13 PM
Baikonur is a problem also because it's not even in Russa - I think it's in Kazakhstan. There was an interesting article a year or so ago in Smithsonian Air & Space magazine about some Kazakhs who make a living (illegally) salvaging debris from Baikonur launches.

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ToSeek
2003-Jan-05, 03:15 PM
An earlier article on the topic:

Russian technicians visit European space launch base in French Guiana (http://www.spacedaily.com/2002/021203034725.rl1vrryp.html)