Russia eyes launching satellite into orbit from Saudi Arabia
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 15, 2019
Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin announced earlier this year that Russia and Saudi Arabia had created a space cooperation programme under which the two sides floated the idea of Moscow sending a Saudi astronaut into space for a short-duration flight.
While space and high technology are known to be among the key areas for cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), has revealed that their joint work may result in an "exciting project to launch a satellite from Saudi Arabia into orbit using interesting Russian technologies".
Russian vehicles have been putting Saudi satellites into orbit since 2000. Roscosmos and Saudi King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have also been working together on space exploration and the use of the GLONASS navigation system.
Moscow has also considered the possibility of using the territory of the Kingdom as a potential location to host an optical station for an automated warning system that would track possible dangers in near-Earth space.
Energy Sector Cooperation with Saudi Aramco
"Undoubtedly, there is potential for technological cooperation because a number of Transneft's technologies are of interest to Saudi Aramco and a number of other Saudi companies ... We are sure that Transneft will cooperate here in technology, but there might be other opportunities as well", he said.
The Russian company transports 83 percent of oil extracted in the country, operating over 68,000 kilometres (42,253 miles) of trunk pipelines. The Saudi oil giant, who is considering cooperating with Transneft, announced its plans for an IPO in 2016 as part of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 economic overhaul programme.
According to various reports, the Kingdom expects the IPO to value Saudi Aramco at around $2 trillion, which would allow the company to raise as much as $100 billion of a listing of just a 5 percent stake.
Putin's Visit to Riyadh
The Russian president is visiting Saudi Arabia two years after he hosted negotiations with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Moscow. The talks in Riyadh will be held on the backdrop of an RDIF-organised cultural programme in the country, which will include numerous events, promoting Russian theatre, cinema, modern art, and tourism.
Source: Sputnik News
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