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.
A video on KazEOSat-1 is here.
Source: Geospatial World