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Kazakhstan expands its space industry cooperation

Saturday 25 June 2011

PARIS (caspionet) – At the 49th Aviation and Space Salon of Bourget, the Kazakh delegation headed by Chairman of the National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev discussed a joint action plan on cooperation with the representatives of the Federal Association of German Aviation and Space Industry. Specialists of the National Company “Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary” participated in the negotiations with their counterparts from the space agencies of France, Ukraine and Germany.

The Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy have signed agreements on the implementation of two large-scale space projects in 2009. Kazakhstan is now creating its own space industry. The main condition of the Kazakh-French cooperation is the transfer of space technology. In two years, it is planned to launch the first Kazakh satellite. The details of the work launched in the space industry were also discussed at the show.

Talgat Mussabayev, Chairman, Kazakh National Space Agency declared:

Today, together with the French strategic partner, the world-class space company EADS Astrium, we create a wonderful spacecraft for remote sensing of medium and high resolution. In the city of Astana, the assembly and testing facility is now being created, to become the first ever one of such a kind in Kazakhstan and the CIS countries. It will be building spacecraft for various purposes, remote sensing, and will be of telecommunications and scientific value.

The CEO of the French company EADS Astrium, Francois Auque, said that they are proud that Kazakhstan chose them as its strategic partner. They want to the country to implement its space ambitions. He added that they’d started cooperation with a satellite program. Along with Kazakhstan, they are building, integrating, and are ready to share their modern technologies with Kazakhstan. On the year of the 20th anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan, he wished Kazakhstan prosperity, and its vast resources to be used for the purposes of peace, development and cooperation.

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