10.02.15 11:01

Turkmenistan to launch space communications satellite in March this year

Turkmenistan plans to launch its first space communications satellite called TurkmenAlem (Turkmen universe) in March 2015. As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, Deputy Prime Minister Satlyk Satlykov, supervising transportation and communications, reported on preparations for the launch of Turkmenistan’s first space communications satellite at a government meeting.

Speaking about the importance of this event, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that this communications satellite will help accelerate the development of the country's communication systems, television and other industries.

The launch of Turkmenistan’s space communications satellite was originally scheduled for November 2014. At the end of November last year, Turkmenistan officially rescheduled the launch for the first half of 2015.

TurkmenAlem communications satellite has been built by French company Thales Alenia Space. It is expected that the satellite will be brought to the geostationary orbit by the American carrier rocket Falcon 9. The distance from the Earth to the orbit is approximately thirty-six thousand kilometers. The communication satellite will be operated by the Control Center in Akhal province and the backup Control Center in Dashoguz province.


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