Latest News

Russian Space Mission Control to Abandon KazSat-1

By | August 25, 2009

      [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.

      Related Stories-

      Khrunichev Loses Kazsat-1
        [Satellite Today 12-03-08]
      Kazakhstan Keeps Quiet about Kazsat 1 Loss   Via Satellite   August 1, 2008
      State Of The Industry: News Players Enter Growing Market   Via Satellite   July 1, 2007

      Leave a Reply