Russia will restore the world’s only floating cosmodrome Sea Launch. For 35 billion rubles
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov said at the Army-2020 forum that the Sea Launch floating cosmodrome will be restored, according to preliminary estimates, for 35 billion rubles.
The decision to restore the spaceport was made after discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Borisov said. “It would be foolish for us not to restore Sea Launch and not use it. All this is technically possible, ”the Deputy Prime Minister noted.
In the future, according to Borisov, a specialized operator will appear, which will deal with launches from the cosmodrome. “Who will be the founder of this operator is still an open question, but I think that there is a place for Roskosmos, Rosatom, and S7. Perhaps [among the founders] there will be some more funds or banks, because money is needed, ” Borisov said .
According to Borisov, Sea Launch will be commercially successful if it is used five times a year.
According to RIA Novosti, Rosatom previously estimated the cost of purchasing the cosmodrome from S7 Space at 11 billion rubles, and the cost of its restoration at 84 billion rubles in 2020 prices (or 91 billion rubles, taking into account projected inflation).
In recent years, the Sea Launch cosmodrome has been owned by S7 Space, a subsidiary of the S7 Group holding. In June 2020, as the media wrote , S7 decided to sell the site, since the company does not have the money to develop a floating spaceport. The Sea Launch project was temporarily frozen.