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Kazakh satellite on course for 'space burial'

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:27 am
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ASTANA, (RIA Novosti) – Kazakhstan’s first satellite, KazSat-1, has been put into orbit for a ’space burial,’ the country’s mission control reported on Friday.

The $100 million communications satellite, built for Kazakhstan by Russia’s Khrunichev Space Center, was put into orbit approximately 36,000 km above the Earth in June 2006.

Featuring eight Ku-band transponders for landline communications and four Ku-band transponders for TV transmissions, it was designed for broadcasting, fixed satellite communication and data transmission for Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

In June 2008, control of KazSat-1 was lost, restored, and then, in October 2008, lost permanently. In early August of this year a decision was made to discard it, since it posed a threat of collision with other satellites.

KazSat-1’s manufacturer-guaranteed service life was 10 years.

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