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First Kazakh satellite to be made in Russia for TV broadcasting
The first Kazakh satellite that will be made in Russia will ensure television broadcasting and communication all over Kazakhstan. Launching of the satellite is planned for late 2005, the Khrunichev space scientific and industrial centre's deputy director general for international cooperation and information Denis Pivnyuk told Itar-Tass on Friday. A Proton booster will carry the satellite The geostationary space vehicle equipped with 10-12 receiving and transmitting devices will ensure television broadcasting and communication for the whole territory of Kazakhstan, Pivnyuk said. Astana has to pay about 30 million dollars annually for using foreign satellites to ensure good communication for the large but not densely populated territory. The national satellite Kazsat will cost 100 million dollars, experts say. The Russian leading space concern and the Kazakh Transport Ministry's Aerospace Committee are expected to sign the agreement on the first Kazakh geostationary satellite this Friday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the country. The Khrunichev centre has won the right in a stiff struggle with a number of Russian companies and a French company. The satellite will be made in two years. Kazakh Prime Minister Danial Akhmetov said that launching of a Kazakh own satellite would allow Astana to ensure its information independence and form a single information space. Kazakhstan hopes also to have new technologies in the field of space telecommunication systems. Kazakh authorities want the Khrunichev centre also to render assistance in modernisation of the telecommunication infrastructure and personnel training to operate the satellite, the premier said.
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