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The International Space Company Kosmotras or ISC Kosmotras (Russian: ЗАО Международная космическая компания “Космотрас”) is a joint project, between Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, established in 1997. It developed and now operates a commercial expendable launch system using the Dnepr rocket. The Dnepr is a converted Soviet era SS-18 ICBM decommissioned as part of the START Treaty. ISC Kosmotras conducts Dnepr launches at both Baikonur Cosmodrome and at a new Yasny launch base in Dombarovskiy, Russia.
Kosmotras project members and their roles:
- Russia (50% stocks ownership)
- Russian Federal Space Agency - state support and supervision, provision of facilities and services at Baikonur Cosmodrome
- Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation – allocation of SS-18 assets to be converted into Dnepr-1 launch vehicles, SS-18 storage and Dnepr-1 standard launch operations
- JSC ASKOND (Moscow) – primary entity for Dnepr Program management
- JSC Rosobschemash Corporation (Moscow) - coordination of SS-18 elimination programs
- FSUE Design Bureau of Special Machine Building (St. Petersburg) - primary entity for maintenance of launch complex and processing facilities
- FSUE Central Scientific and Research Institute of Machine Building (Moscow) - scientific and technical support of the program
- FSUE Scientific and Production Association “IMPULSE” (St. Petersburg) - development and upgrade of launch control and support equipment
- State Enterprise Moscow Electrical and Mechanical Equipment Plant (Moscow) - modification of launch vehicle control system instrumentation
- Ukraine (50% stocks ownership)
- National Space Agency of Ukraine - state support and supervision
- State Design Bureau Yuzhnoye - primary design and development organization for the launch vehicle and the entire Dnepr rocket;
- State Enterprise “Production Association Yuzniy Machine Building Plant” - primary manufacturing entity
- Scientific and Production Enterprise KHARTRON-ARKOS (Kharkiv) - primary entity for launch vehicle control system
- Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources - state support and supervision
- State Enterprise “INFRAKOS” (Baikonur) - participation in Dnepr Program activities at Baikonur Cosmodrome
- State Enterprise “INFRAKOS-EKOS”, a subsidiary of “INFRAKOS” (Alma-Aty) – ecological support of the program.
In 2006 ISC Kosmotras became ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 certified through ISO certification agency Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). ISC Kosmotras received ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems) certificates.
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