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Kazakhstan ready to allocate $164.3 million for KazSat-3

12 september 2011, 12:28
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Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Photo courtesy of magenta-studio.ru
Kazakhstan plans to allocate $164.3 million to construct KazSat-3 communications satellite, according to the 2012-2014 draft budget, Novosti Kazakhstan reports.

KazSat-3 is expected to be launched in 2013.

The contract for KazSat-3 has already been signed. It will be designed and constructed by Russia’s OJSC "Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems" (ISS) (…)”,Meirbek Moldabekov, Vice Chairman of the Kazakhstan Space Agency (KazKosmos), reported mid-July.

Kazakhstan’s communications satellite KazSat-2 will be operable starting from late 2011. Late August the satellite launched July 16, 2011 reached its orbital position. KazSat 2 is a Kazakh communication satellite designed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. 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 KazKosmos, KazSat-2 will be recouped in 4 years’ time, if it is exploited at 80% of the capacities. According to Moldabekov, KazSat-2 cost $115 million.

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

Tengrinews.kz earlier reported that in 2012-2014 Kazakhstan plans to allocate $294.5 million to finance space exploration projects, quoting Finance Minister Bolat Zhamishev as saying at the government sitting August 27.

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