KazSat-3 to be launched in the Q1 2014

13 февраля 2013, 23:44
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite will be launched in the Q1 2014, Newskaz.ru reports, citing Viktor Lefter, President of the National Center for Satellite-assisted Communications as saying.

“The launch is scheduled for the Q1 2014 alongside Russia’s Luch space vehicle; the launch will rely on a Proton carrier rocket”, Mr. Lefter said when speaking at a sitting of the KazKosmos National Space February 13.

According to him, the work is under way within the agreement signed with Russia’s OJSC "Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems" (ISS). “All the design works are completed”, he said.

Kazakhstan’s Vice PM Kairat Kelimbetov who presided over the sitting tasked the Space Agency and the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications to make sure 70% of KazSat-2 satellite’s capacities are used by the end of 2013 [as compared to the current 56%].

Besides, the Vice PM instructed the Space Agency to launch the backup ground-based spacecraft control complex based in Almaty oblast by July 1, 2013.

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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