Kazakhstan diversifies satellite suppliers

Kazakhstan to diversify satellite suppliers in future | International Space Fellowship

Kazakhstan will not name Russia as a privileged supplier of satellites and will announce international tenders after the launch of its KazSat-2, the head of the Kazakh space agency said on Tuesday.

Somewhat interesting given the potential market for satellites and launch facilities. More interestingly will be if Russia can get the new space center at Vostochny completed by the planned 2018 deadline. The Космодром Восточный (Eastern Spaceport) is expected to have several launch pads for both manned and unmanned flights and being inside Russia is expected to be more cost effective than continued rental of the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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