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Kazakhstan to launch its first ever remote sensing satellite from Kourou April 29

23 апреля 2014, 22:26
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru

KazEOSat-1, first ever Kazakhstan’s remote sensing satellite, is to be launched late April from Kourou, the Space Center of French Guiana, Newskaz.ru reports, citing the Press Service of the Kazakhstan’s National Space Agency.

Earlier the country’s media reported that the satellite would be launched in the Q4, 2014 from Russia’s Yasnyi cosmodrome.

“April 29, at 07:35 Astana time the satellite will be placed into the heliosynchronous orbit assisted with a Vega rocket carrier (…) currently the satellite is undergoing prelaunch tests”, the statement reads.

Constructed as agreed by Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary and Airbus Defense and Space, the satellite system comprises two electrooptical space vehicles, an on-ground control center and an on-ground center to receive, process and distribute data to the end users.

Remote sensing is the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from aircraft or satellites. Remote sensing can be used for applications in several different areas, including geology and mineral exploration, hazard assessment, oceanography, agriculture and forestry, land degradation, environmental monitoring.

“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”, Tengrinews reported February 6, 2014, citing a press-release issued by the KazKosmos National Space Agency.

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