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Russian govt agrees 12.5 bln eur 10-yr space programme
07.15.2005, 02:12 PM

MOSCOW (AFX) - The Russian government has approved a plan to spend 435 bln roubles (12.5 bln eur) on a new ten-year space programme, the Russian Space Agency announced on its website.

The 2006-2015 plan includes provisions for a new spacecraft Kliper, two new launching pads and the sending of a probe to one of two moons orbiting Mars.

Russia also intends to double the number of its satellites in orbit to 70 by 2015 for communication, weather and research purposes.

The majority of the spending will come from the national budget (305 bln roubles or 8.8 bln eur), with the rest made up of other government funds, according to the director of the space agency Anatoli Perminov.

In 2006, the Russia state plans to spend 23 bln roubles, an increase of 4.7 bln from 2005.

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