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Kazakh communication satellite separates from Briz-M booster, reaches designated orbit

April 28, 2014, 18:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW
KazSat-3 is designed to provide communication services, carry television broadcasts and ensure broadband Internet access in Kazakhstan and adjacent countries
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MOSCOW, April 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Kazakhstan’s communication satellite KazSat-3, which was launched aboard a Proton-M carrier rocket on Monday, April 28, from Baikonur, has separated from a Briz-M booster and reached the designated orbit, the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) press service said.

“The separation of the Kazakh satellite was executed at the pre-set time and went smoothly,” the press service said.

Earlier in the day, a Briz-M booster orbited the Russian relay satellite Luch-5V.

KazSat-3 is Kazakhstan’s second satellite designed to ensure its information independence and security.

“Our country will launch three satellites this year: KazSat-3 on April 28; two days before that, a French Vega rocket will take a high-resolution Earth remote sensing satellite to orbit from the Kourou space center in French Guiana. Another such satellite will be launched in June,” National Space Agency (Kazcosmos) Head Talgat Musabayev said earlier this month.

KazSat-3 will be able to act as a backup for KazSat-2 which was launched several years ago. “With the launch of KazSat-3, our country will get a complete communication system with a backup satellite in orbit and the main and backup control centers on the ground. This will ensure our information independence,” Musabayev said.

He admitted that it could be cheaper to lease foreign satellites, but “Kazakhstan needs its own system, control centers and personnel to ensure our information independence”.

KazSat-3 is designed to provide communication services, carry television broadcasts and ensure broadband Internet access in Kazakhstan and adjacent countries. It was designed and made under contract with the Republican Space Center (Kazakhstan) and assembled by Russia’s Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems.

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