Azercosmos accelerates work on launch of Azerbaijan’s first national satellite

by Staff Reporter | April 10th, 2012

The launch of Azerbaijan’s national satellite is planned for the end of the year 2012 and work in this direction is reportedly under way. The first satellite Azerspace is being manufactured on the STAR-2 platform of the Orbital Sciences Corporation company.

At present 22 satellites created on this platform are being operated globally. The Azerbaijani satellite will be launched in the last quarter of 2012 from the Kuru cosmodrome in French Guiana aboard an Ariane-5 rocket carrier.

The Azercosmos OJS Co. aims to launch, manage and operate telecommunication satellites and thereby strengthen national information security through links between state agencies, legal entities and individuals to the satellite network.

General director of Azercosmos, Rashad Nabiyev, has said that 39,5% of the capacity of the first Azerbaijani telecommunication satellite has been bought by Malaysia’s Measat Company

Azercosmos OJS Co plans to provide satellite communications services, telecommunications, high-speed satellite internet, TV and radio broadcasting, among other services. The company is also responsible for organising a space complex for fixed communication systems. The estimated lifetime of the satellite is 15 years.

General director of Azercosmos, Rashad Nabiyev, has said that 39,5% of the capacity of the first Azerbaijani telecommunication satellite has been bought by Malaysia’s Measat Company.

 

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