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Russia, U.S. sign technology agreement

22 March 2006: Russia and the US signed an agreement on 21st of March, on the technological aspects of the Sea Launch satellite program. The intergovernmental agreement, signed by Russian Ambassador to the United States Yury Ushakov and U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, is expected to contribute to the further development of bilateral cooperation in space and cutting-edge technology. Sea Launch was created in 1995 as a consortium that included Boeing (United States), Kvaerner Group (Norway), Russian space corporation Energia (Moscow), the Yuzhnoye design bureau (Ukraine) and the Yuzhmash production association (Ukraine). Based in Long Beach, California, Sea Launch is a provider of satellite launch services via the Boeing Launch Services company using Russian Zenit carrier rockets.