Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Complex to be Built in Astana

ASTANA – Kazakh First Deputy Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev paid a visit July 26 to the capital’s National Space Centre. Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported about the main development projects of Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary, the national space agency, as part the trip.

“All the major projects launched by Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary will be supported. The head of state instructed that the establishment of the country’s space industry must be done efficiently and in a timely manner. Today, the main task is the creation of a spacecraft assembly and testing complex,” said Kassymbek during his tour to the construction site in mid-July.

The company has begun implementing the space remote sensing system and ground-based high-precision satellite navigation infrastructure, according to Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary head Marat Nurguzhin. It is scheduled to complete construction and start operation of the spacecraft assembly and testing complex.

The guests saw a demonstration of Earth space monitoring with the KazEOSat-1 and KazEOSat-2 spacecraft. Agency specialists also spoke about the reception and processing of satellite images technology, opportunities for using space remote sensing system products and services for the country’s economy.

The space infrastructure under construction belongs to Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary and includes the existing ground-based space system of remote sensing, a system of high-precision satellite navigation and spacecraft assembly as well as other production facilities. The complex is housed within a 30-hectare administrative and residential area.

The company is the owner of the high-precision satellite navigation infrastructure system and provides guaranteed coordinate and timely services for global navigation satellite systems on Kazakhstan’s territory.

Images of more than five million square kilometres of territory were made by Kazakhstan’s satellite remote sensing in the first half of 2016. The space monitoring products have been donated to governmental authorities.

Creation of its own space system for scientific and technological purposes is among the promising projects of Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary. The design and assembly of micro-satellite technology and a scientific nano-satellite is being conducted by local specialists trained overseas.

In addition to the main production zone, there are plans to enter the second stage of the national space centre’s construction by 2020. The facility will include a residential complex which will accommodate 700-1,000 Kazkosmos specialists and have a kindergarten, sports and shopping centres and hotel. A museum open zone with models of launch vehicles and exhibition halls as well as an observatory for students will be constructed.

 

 

 

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