Kazakhstan launches KazEOSat-1

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Kazakhstan launched its first satellite KazEOSat-1 on 29 April 2014 from French Guyana Space Centre. After several postponements the satellite was carried into space by a Vega launcher, which is due to launch small satellites into low Earth orbit or Sun-synchronous orbit.

KazEOSat-1 is a high resolution satellite achieving 1m pixel size on earth surface by integrated cutting-edge technologies. It will provide a range of civilian applications comprising monitoring of natural and agricultural resources, mapping data and support for search and rescue operations during natural disasters. Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, its vast remote areas from now on can be observed and monitored from space.

KazEOSat-1 is the high resoution part of a earth observationn system that will comprise two satellites and one ground station. The medium resolution element will be KazEOSat-2 that is under construction. The projected life time of KazEOSat-1 slightly succeeds 7 years. KazEOSat-1 was entirely built by Airbus Defence and Space, which today counts as the second largest space company. KazEOSat-2 is being built by SSTL, a British subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space.

KazEOSat-1 on the ground.
KazEOSat-1 on the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A video on KazEOSat-1 is here.

Source: Geospatial World

Stefan Mühlbauer
I ever since was passionate about topography and started my professional life on a local scale by doing landscape design. With the European Master in Geospatial Technologies I continue on a larger scale and find myself highly comfortable with this complete outsight on what surrounds us here and there. My special attention goes to the topic of remote sensing, which enables to find answers to a series of problems of environment and planning. For me, the geo-world holds a high potential to learn and create life. An awesome 'g'!