Kazakhstan planning to launch KazSat-3 in 2013 29 июня 2011, 14:29
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According to KazKosmos National Space Agency, Kazakhstan plans to launch its KazSat-3 satellite in 2013.
According to the KazKosmos’ plan for 2011-2015, Kazakhstan will have 2 operational satellites by that time.
The two satellites are expected to meet 80% of the domestic demand for satellite-assisted communications and radio and TV broadcasting.
Tengrinews.kz reported earlier that the launch of the Kazakhstan’s Kazsat-2 satellite from the cosmodrome Baikonur has been put off from July 15 to July 16.
Initially it was scheduled to December 2009.
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.
It was to supplement the KazSat 1 satellite, but will now replace Kazsat 1 due to the complete loss of the first satellite.
Baikonur is the first and largest cosmodrome in the world. Located in Kazkahstan, it is rented out to Russia by 2050.
Baikonur is closer to the Equator than other launch sites – a situation that facilitates geostationary orbit or orbits less inclined to reach the International Space Station (ISS). This privileged geographic placement enables the launch of more significant payloads.