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KazSat: One Year In Orbit

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:54 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:
Right a year ago, KazSat – 1, the first Kazakh communication and broadcasting satellite, was successfully delivered into geostationary orbit atop Khrunichev – built Proton K launch vehicle from Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan.

The Proton K booster rocket lifted –off from Baikonur launch site at 02:44 ( Moscow Time) on 18 June. The launch proceeded nominally and the spacecraft separation from the DM upper stage took place at 09:32 (Moscow Time). The launch of a first-ever Kazakhstan satellite was being observed by Presidents of Russian Federation and Kazakhstan Republic.

KazSat -1 is the first spacesraft of the Kazakhstan’s space–based communications system. The KazSat system is being developed under the contract signed between the Russian and Kazahstan Presidents in 2005.

Under the contract Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center is to develop the KazSat Space System including a small communication/broadcasting GSO satellite, a ground control system (GCS) and a communication monitoring system (CMS) to be deployed in Kazakhstan, as well as for training of the GCS/CMS personnel enrolled from Kazakhstan engineers or technicians.

The basic terms and conditions of collaboration in designing, manufacturing and injecting this GSO spacecraft and in building around it the national telecommunication and broadcasting system are defined in the Russian-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Agreement signed January 18, 2005.

KazSat -1 was the starting point for implementation of Kazakhtan Republic’s space programme.

Following the successful KazSat -1 launch, Khrunichev has won a tender to built and launch the next Kaszat spacecraft –KazSat 2.

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