Friday, January 27, 2006

Ishim Space System Utilizes MiG-31

Kazakhstan plans to use retrofitted MiG-31 fighter jets to launch low-orbit commercial satellites, and the plan has the potential to be quite lucrative.

Although not well-known there is a burgeoning space technology sector developing in Kazkhstan. Their agreements with Russia to further develop the Baikonur launch facility and produce new and innovative ways of launching small-scale satellites will only hasten its growth.
The proposed Ishim launch system would be capable of putting payloads up to 200kg in low earth orbit using rockets launched from an in-flight MiG-31.

Russian-Kazakh space-tech plans promise to bring a new industry and potentially hundreds of jobs to the region...

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