Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 12
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmenistan will launch its first communication satellite 'TurkmenAlem 520E' into orbit
in November 2014, the country's media reported on April 12 referring to Alladurdy Atayev, the chairman of the National Space Agency under Turkmen President.
"It is planned to launch the Turkmen first communication satellite into orbit with the help of "Falkon 9" rocket-carrier in November, the Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary news agency reported.
While delivering a report, a general view of the satellite and its service modules were demonstrated.
"The main platform of the satellite, central tube, fuel and helium tanks, 10 N engines and hygrometers were assembled," according to the statement.
The communication modules, vacuum systems are planned to be tested and the relevant electromagnetic testing to be held in the near future, Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
"The work carried out in the control center, located in the Akhal region, is under completion," according to the article.
The control station will be built in Dashoguz region in May
Turkmenistan's first telecommunications satellite is being built by the French Thales Alenia Space in line with the contract signed in 2011.
The satellite will have three antennas that will cover a part of Europe, Africa and Asia. This satellite will allow Turkmenistan to make a significant breakthrough in the field of telecommunications and other applications such as the internet and mobile communications.
The country's astroclimatic conditions are among the best in the world for conducting astronomical observations, according to some estimates.
In particular, the atmosphere's transparency, favorable wind conditions, and brightness allow conducting more than 2000 hours of observations of space objects over a year.
The artificial satellite can be launched to reach the goals set for the country's national economy. In particular, it will be possible to monitor agricultural fields, conduct research for the oil and gas industry's needs and to carry out environmental surveillance from the space.
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