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Russia’s state nuclear corporation might get its own launch pad to blast rockets into space

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 June 2020

A subsidiary of RosAtom is negotiating to buy the Sea Launch floating spaceport from S7 airline.

The airline could not cope with the costs 'considering financial losses sustained as a result of the pandemic'. Picture: S7

The platform, called Odyssey, had been earlier bought by independent Russian airline S7, member of the OneWorld alliance. 

After the pandemic, the airline can no longer afford to fund the project which aimed to have 90 launches over five years it was reported by TASS news agency. 

An informed source told TASS: 'S7 is set to sell the Odyssey floating platform and the commander ship as part of its programme to sell non-core assets. 

'The most likely buyer is a subsidiary of Rosatom.

'Negotiations are underway.'

Sea Launch previously undertook commercial launches from the equatorial Pacific after the commander ship was loaded in Long Beach, California. 

Another source told TASS: 'Given the condition of the platform and the commander ship following the US side’s removal of equipment, and in connection with the need to create coastal infrastructure from scratch, costs of implementing the project are estimated as high'.

The airline could not cope with the costs 'considering financial losses sustained as a result of the pandemic'.

The launch facility was moved to Russia earlier this year and is now at the Slavyanka shipyard on the country’s Pacific coastline. 

The platform previously conducted 36 space launches - 32 of them successful - before suspending its launch activities in 2014.

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