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KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by end of 2013: KazKosmos

17 мая 2013, 15:35
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by the end of 2013, chairman of Kazakhstan National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev told in an interview to Primeminister.kz.

“KazSat-2 is working normally, it is currently 64% loaded and we plan to achieve a 70% load of the satellite by the end of the year,” Talgat Mussabayev said.

He noted that the satellite is not fully loaded because Kazakhstan telecommunication companies had signed long-term contracts with foreign companies providing satellite services when KazSat-1 failed.

The satellite resource are currently rented by 9 communications operators of Kazakhstan.

KazSat-2 was loaded only 56% in 2012.

KazSat-2 satellite is aimed at providing television broadcasting and data transfer in KazSat satellite communications system at the territory of Kazakhstan, Central Asian countries and central part of Russia, and providing services to Kazakhstan cellular operators.

Head of KazKosmos stressed that KazSat satellite system has a ground control complex that has high quality equipment and personnel.

KazSat-2 was launched on July 16, 2011 and reached its orbital position in late August the same year. It became fully operable on November 26. And in November 25 the National Space Agency obtained full title to the satellite from Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

KazSat-2 is a Kazakhstan communication satellite designed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. It is equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders for fixed communications and 4 Ku-band transponders for TV-transmissions and is intended for telecast, fixed satellite communication and data transmission for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The unit weighs 1,330 kg, its service life is 12 years. According to Meirbek Moldabekov, Vice Chairman of KazKosmos, KazSat-2 cost $115 million and it is expected to be recouped in 4 years’ time, if the satellite is exploited at 80% of the capacities.

It was initially supposed to supplement KazSat 1 satellite, but then had to replace Kazsat 1 because the latter was unexpectedly lost after November 26, 2008.

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