Astrium, Kazakhstan Sign Development Deal


The partnership between Astrium and JSC NC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), the national company charged with the development of Kazakhstan’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 Signs Deal with Kazakhstan


Astrium CEO François Auque and Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, CEO of JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary”, 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 Kazakhstan’s space industry.

Israeli Involvement at Baikonur?

Here’s an intriguing piece on 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.


Spaceports: Florida Makes Pitch to Orbital, Baikonur Agreement Reached, and NM Moves Ahead

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.