Russia aims to revive ailing space program

Russia aims to revive ailing space program

In Baikonur as somewhere else, the once-pioneering segment is battling to satisfy its legacy, close a humiliating arrangement of messed up launches, modernize rotting framework and acquire fresh recruits and new plans.

From rocket-molded play area supplies to blurred paintings of cosmonauts, tokens of the prime of Soviet space investigation are scattered around this sandswept town that started Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961.

The point when President Vladimir Putin portrayed the space port on the remote Kazakh steppe as "physically matured" in April, he could have been talking about Russia's space industry itself.

Manufactured a long way from intrusive eyes in a desert-like flatland in focal Asia, the once-mystery start site of Sputnik and the first man in space exists on in a bizarre limbo, marooned in western Kazakhstan by the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Today it is the main passage for manned flights to the International Space Station, facilitating space travelers from the planet, and the site of something like one-third of all satellite launches.

Putin trusts a clearing change he approved in the not so distant future won't come past the point where it is possible to turn the industry around, some piece of a push to make Russia a high-innovation superpower by rescuing heading Cold War-time commercial enterprises and exploration focuses.