Kazakhstan will launch a new satellite in 2023
Kazakhstan will launch a new satellite in 2023. The satellite will replace KazSat-2, the technical operation term of which will expire in 2023. According to preliminary calculations, construction of the new satellite will start in 2019 and cost 60 billion tenge. However, according to experts, the cost can be decreased through increased local content. The telecommunications satellite KazSat-3, which was launched to develop the national space communication and broadcasting system, will finish working in the orbit by 2029 and will be replaced by a new model.
BAUYRZHAN KUDABAYEV, VICE PRESIDENT, REPUBLICAN CENTER FOR SPACE COMMUNICATIONS:
- Until 2005, Kazakhstan had conducted all communications through foreign space satellites. We used to pay approximately US$35-40 million a year. After the launch of this space center, we sent into orbit KazSat-1, KazSat-2 and KazSat-3.These satellites helped us substitute imports worth US$29 billion.
This center is in charge of receiving and processing information from satellites. Engineers carefully observe each movement of the device because the continuity of telecommunications depends on them. Therefore, specialists work round the clock in the control center. According to the employees, today the work of the evices hasn’t been interrupted by a single problem.
ASYLZHAN MUSIN, LEADING ENGINEER, REPUBLICAN CENTER FOR SPACE COMMUNICATIONS:
- The Flight Control Department monitors the movement of KazSat-2 and KazSat-3. Secondly, we get information from these two satellites in two shifts which are approximately 8,000 different parameters that are constantly analyzed.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the space age in Kazakhstan. The first artificial satellite to orbit Earth was launched at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in October 4th, 1957. Today Kazakhstan continues this activity. Specialists of the Republican Center for Space Communications are working on the creation of the first Kazakh orbiting satellite group aimed at establishing communications, television broadcast and data transfer in Kazakhstan and other neighboring countries. The company's representatives say that there are other very promising developments and agreements. All of this gives ground to hope that Kazakhstan’s most important infrastructure project has a great future.