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KazEOSat-1 Satellite snaps first pictures from space

5 May 2014 13:06
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KazEOSat-1 Satellite snaps first pictures from space

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - First Kazakhstan's satellite remote sensing (RS) launched April 30, 2014 from Kourou spaceport snapped pictures from space.

According to chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev, KazEOSat-1 satellite is operating normally. As expected, on the third day the RS snapped the first test images of Kazakhstan from space.
"The images with a spatial resolution of 1 meter have been made over the city of Astana", said T. Musabayev.
KazEOSat-1 has being monitored by Kazakh specialists and their French colleagues operating from the launch control center in Toulouse (France).

According to Acting President of "Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary NC" JSC Marat Nurguzhin, tests of the satellite in orbit will be carried out within three months. Afterwards the spacecraft will be transferred to the control of the customer - "Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary NC".

KazEOSat-1 is the Republic of Kazakhstan's first Earth observation satellite. It was built entirely by Airbus Defence and Space and is a very high-resolution (1 metre) satellite weighing 900 kg that will provide the Republic of Kazakhstan with a complete range of civil applications, including monitoring of natural and agricultural resources, the provision of mapping data, security applications, and support for rescue operations in the event of natural disasters. KazEOSat-1 is the latest in a line of satellites based on the Astrobus platform, including technologies combining performance, quick delivery and high value for money, designed for missions as varied as imaging, environmental monitoring and meteorology.

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