Russian Space Mission Control to Abandon KazSat-1

By | August 25, 2009 | Government, ST Briefs

[Satellite TODAY 08-25-09] Russia’s space mission control has placed the KazSat-1 satellite into a graveyard orbit in efforts to discard the spacecraft, according to reports by Russian news agency Ria Novosti released Aug. 21.
   Russian officials said the decision to discard KazSat-1 was made earlier this month due to a possibility of collision with other satellites.
   The $100 million communications spacecraft, Kazakhstan’s first satellite, was built by the Khrunichev Space Center and launched in June 2006. KazSat-1 aimed to provide broadcasting, fixed satellite communication and data transmission for Kazakhstan and Central Asia and was guaranteed for a service life of 10 years.
   In June 2008, Russian officials confirmed that control of KazSat-1 was lost and then quickly restored. In October, control of the spacecraft was reported to be lost permanently.

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