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KazSat-3 to be launched by April 30, 2014

06 february 2014, 11:55
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
KazSat-3 satellite is to be launched from Baikonur cosmodrome before April 30, 2014, Tengrinews reports, citing a press-release issued by the KazKosmos National Space Agency.

“The satellite was assembled and tested in 2013 and is going to be launched before April 30, 2014 (...) 2014 will be a busy year for KazKosmos National Space Agency as it plans for the first time ever to launch 3 space vehicles: one communications satellite and two remote sensing satellites”, the press-release reads.

KazSat-2 satellite has been using 63% of its capacities. Satellite-assisted services rendered to 11 mobile carriers in Kazakhstan are totally worth $12.9 million, according to the press-release.

“Despite spare capacities of the KazSat-2 communications satellite, Kazakhstan-based mobile carriers still keep on using foreign satellites. The mobile carriers fail to stick to the schedule set by the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications for them to shift to the Kazakhstan-made satellite”, KazKosmos Head Talgat Mussabayev elaborated.

KazSat 2 is a Kazakh communication satellite designed by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. Launched July 16, 2011, KazSat-2 reached its orbital position late August 2011.

It features 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 will be recouped in 4 years’ time, if it is exploited at 80% of the capacities.

It was to supplement the KazSat 1 satellite, but it has replaced Kazsat 1 due to the complete loss of the first satellite.

Launch of Kazsat-2 and construction of a new backup ground-based spacecraft control complex will enable Kazakhstan to save $30 million annually, KazKosmos Kazakhstan Space Agency Head Talgat Mussabayev told a briefing in Akkol September 14, 2011.

“Today Kazakhstan’s mobile carriers pay about $30 million a year to foreign satellite operators. With KazSat-2 in place all the money will be retained in Kazakhstan”, he said at that time.

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