The partnership between Astrium and JSC NC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), the national company charged with the development of Kazakhstanâ€™s space programme, has reached another major milestone with the signature of a contract for two Earth observation satellites, and the foundation documents to create a Joint Venture for the construction of an Assembly, Integration and Test Facility in Astana. (more…)
Astrium and JSC National Company â€œKazakhstan Gharysh Saparyâ€ today announced the signing of a first contract to build a major satellite integration centre that will be part of the future Kazakhstan national space centre in Astana.
Astrium CEO FranÃ§ois Auque and Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, CEO of JSC National Company â€œKazakhstan Gharysh Saparyâ€, a company reporting to the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, have signed a technological and strategic partnership agreement that will allow Astrium to play an active role in the development of the Republic of Kazakhstanâ€™s space industry. (more…)
Kazakhstan Indefinitely Postpones Space Program Xinhua News Agency
Kazakhstan has indefinitely postponed a plan of sending its own cosmonaut to the International Space Station (ISS) for lack of funding, Talgat Musabayev, head of the National Space Agency, said on Thursday.
Here’s an intriguing piece on StrategyPage.com about the future of the Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. As I have written about here, the Russians plan to pull out of the facility after they have completed a new launch complex, Vostochny, in Amur.
Good news for all you would-be billionauts out there.It looks like you’ll have a taxpayer-funded home in orbit to hang out at after all. Providing, of course, that the market hasn’t wiped out your net worth.
Despite hosting one of the world’s premiere launch complexes for more than half a century, Kazakhstan remains desperately short of space engineers and specialists, according to Kazkosmos head Talgat Musabayev.
Orbital Sciences Corp. seems to be taking its time in making a decision about where it will launch its new Taurus II rocket. WNDT-TV reports that officials at Wallops Island on are anxiously awaiting a decision on whether Orbital will stay in its home state of Virginia or go south to Florida.
Meanwhile, 20 members of Florida’s Congressional delegation have released a statement urging Orbital to locate its new launch facility at the Kennedy Space Center.
In other news:
Russia and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement concerning joint cooperation in space exploration and the continued use of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Officials in New Mexico are moving ahead with plans to create a tax district to support development of Spaceport America.