Kazakhstan inks KazSat3 agreement with Russian company

June 21. Central Asia Newswire

Kazakhstan inks KazSat3 agreement with Russian companyKazakhstan’s National Center of Space Communications (RTSKS) and Russian Information Satellite Systems-Reshetnev Company on Tuesday signed a deal to build the KazSat3 satellite.

The deal was signed at the 49th International Air Show at Le Bourget in France, Kazakh space agency Kazcosmos reported on its web site on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan’s National Space Agency delegation, headed by its chief Talgat Musabayev, was also in the French capital to forge ahead on Kazakh-French cooperation in their space industries, the gazeta.kz news agency said.

French firm Astrium is currently implementing two big space projects with the Central Asian country following an agreement signed three years ago on a strategic space exploration partnership.

The French space hardware and services supplier agreed in 2009 to build and launch two Earth observation satellites and construct a satellite control center in Kazakhstan in a $336 million deal.

These two satellites have a launch date set for 2014.

The new Kazakh satellite system will have a broad range of civil uses that will include surveillance of natural resources and agriculture as well as mapping and support for natural disaster response.

Kazakhstan’s primary space facilities are located at the Baikonur cosmodrome, the world’s biggest and busiest space port.

The International Paris Air Show is hosting more than 2,100 international exhibitors at 28 pavilions for an expected 138,000 industry professionals and 200,000 other public visitors.