BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 2. Azerbaijan became a member of a global space club more than a decade ago and has two telecommunication satellites and one Earth observation satellite, said President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 74th International Astronautical Congress, Trend reports.
"For us, it's a big honor to host such an important global event. We have more than 5,000 participants from more than 100 countries. I am sure that our guests will have a chance apart from their duties here at the Congress to know more about Azerbaijan, its history, its culture, its people.
Azerbaijan became a member of a global space club more than a decade ago. And now with two telecommunication satellites and one Earth observation satellite, we continue our efforts to develop space industry in Azerbaijan. Also, I'd like to inform you that these three satellites are managed by Azerbaijani specialists, and they provide services not only to us, but to 45 countries.
The Congress here in Baku will definitely give a new impetus to the development of space industry, development of high tech and innovation sector of our country, its modernization. Now modernization is a word, which characterizes our vision for the future, our agenda and our plans," President Ilham Aliyev said.