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Astrium contract boosts Kazakhstan's satellite efforts
04 October 2013
The Kazakh government is on track to leverage its contract with Astrium of Europe into an ability to build and operate optical Earth observation satellites, according to the company managing the work.
Vladimir V. Ten, deputy director for Earth observation systems of Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary, said the two satellites the company ordered from Astrium of France and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) of Britain are both scheduled for launch, on different rockets, in the first half of 2014.
The satellites and a major technology-transfer program under which around 40 Kazakh engineers are trained by Astrium in building and operating Earth observation spacecraft were part of an October 2009 contract valued at around $336 million that was endorsed by the Kazakh and French governments.
Source: Space News