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Baikonur Cosmodrome will operate as a part of the International Space Station (ISS) manned program «at least until 2030» stated the head of Russian space corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin.

Speaking at «Baikonur — the cradle of world space science» forum the official reminded about the initiative of American congressmen on the possible extension of ISS work until 2030. Dmitry Rogozin explained that Baikonur will work as part of this manned program at least until this time, reports TASS news agency.

This does not exclude broadening Baikonur's potential in terms of automatic spacecraft launches into orbit. Baikonur has a healthy and clear future, stated the head of the corporation.

Roskosmos representative also expressed hope that an agreement to modernize the First Launch Pad of the Baikonur Cosmodrome called the Gagarinsky Start will be signed before the end of 2019.

According to Dmitry Rogozin, the specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan and the UAE are building up the cooperation program for the modernization and further operation of the Gagarinsky Start.

Earlier, reported that Moscow and Cairo discussed sending the Egyptian astronaut into space.