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Kazakhstan inks new contracts at Paris Air Show in Le Bourget

Thursday 23 June 2011

PARIS (CASPIONET) ­– The 49th International Aviation and Space Salon, known as the Paris Air Show, is currently underway in the Paris suburbs of Le Bourget. This time, the largest exhibition of achievements in aerospace is special for Kazakhstan. During the exhibition, the Kazakh delegation signed a contract to build and launch the KazSat-3.

The contract was signed with the Russian company Information Satellite Systems named after Mikhail Reshetnev. Kazakhstan also signed a subcontract with French and Italian partners who will be producing payload elements of KazSat-3. The work on the designing of a brand new satellite is now also underway. The production of geostationary satellites is to improve the communication system, television and radio broadcast and they will also provide high-speed broadband internet for the population.

Talgat Mussabayev, Chairman, Kazakh National Space Agency, said:

Now, we have the Republican Centre of Space Communications which employs top specialists in this field who are well-trained. We selected partners in a more civilized way so they will be designing and delivering the KazSat-3 satellite for us. There were two full-fledged international tender processes.

Participants in the signing ceremony at Le Bourget are confident in the reliability and success of this project. According to the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Vladimir Popovkin, the cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia will continue to grow.

Vladimir Popovkin, Head, Russian Federal Space Agency, said:

The establishment of the KazSat-3 space complex proves the strategic partnership of Kazakhstan and Russia, which means that our cooperation has been tested with time. Our rocket and space industry is to do everything in order to build it in time and its quality may allow it to serve for more than ten years.

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