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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Dec 5, 2005 1:27:59 GMT -6
Kazakhstan Predicts Major Developments For Its Space Program
Astana, Kazakhstan (SPX) Dec 04, 2005 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister, Danial Akhmetov, during a visit to the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation at Korolev near Moscow last week, announced that the Republic will further its plans within its Space Industry Development Programme 2005-2007.
Beyond the expected launch of Kazakhstan's first satellite, the KazSat communication satellite, which is to be launched in late December from Baikonur, a second satellite is to be launched within two years. This will be the start of the country's satellite network. "At the present time, we are working on creating a constellation of satellites," commented Prime Minister Akhmetov.
The Republic is planning a participation in the International Space Station. In 2008 it is planned to launch a new multi-purpose laboratory unit. Kazakhstan is also considering participating in the development of nuclear propulsion for space vehicles.