MirCorp Statement on the Future of Mir

Press Release From: MirCorp
Posted: Monday, October 23, 2000

News media reports on today's comments by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov concerning the Mir space station unfortunately have focused on only the first part of his statement, which addressed Mir's possible deorbiting next year.

It is important to note that the Deputy Prime Minister went on to say:

"However, if there are non-governmental resources to finance the Mir station, it opens the possibility to change the situation."

MirCorp is very pleased by this statement, which for the first time shows top level Russian government consideration of allowing Mir to remain in orbit for future operation by MirCorp.

In the past two weeks, MirCorp has taken its vision for the future of Mir to the highest levels of the Russian government. Today's comments by the Deputy Prime Minister are the first signs that MirCorp's message is being heard.

MirCorp has asked that Russian President Vladimir Putin make the final decision on Mir, and the company has requested that MirCorp President Jeffrey Manber meet with Putin.

MirCorp continues to believe that its vision for the operation of Mir as a truly commercial space station is a valid one, and the company remains committed to the long-term operation of this unique orbital facility.

Press/media contact:

Jeffrey M. Lenorovitz
The InfoWEST Group
Telephone (U.S.): +1 (703) 448-5669
Telephone (France): +33 6 80-85-86-25

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