Turkmenistan, China intend to cooperate in sphere of cosmonautics
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 14
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmenistan and China stand ready to actively develop their cooperation in the sphere of cosmonautics, a message from the government of Turkmenistan said on May 14.
The two countries intend to facilitate the signing of the agreement between their national space agencies on the peaceful exploration and use of outer space.
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is on a state visit to China from May 11 to May 14.
"The parties will jointly contribute to cooperation in such spheres as remote sensing satellites, communications satellite, maintenance of launching spacecraft, training of specialists, as well as the development of a road map on cooperation of a remote sensing satellite," the government message said.
"The two countries will also focus on providing favorable conditions for the Turkmen side in receiving the data of China's remote sensing satellites at a discounted price till launching its own satellite."
Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with the president of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), Gao Hongwei in Beijing.
"Our country is interested in establishing the closest business partnership with the world's leading companies, including CASIC," the head of state said.
It was previously reported that Turkmenistan will launch its first communication satellite 'TurkmenAlem 520E' into orbit in November 2014.
France's Thales Alenia Space company will construct it.
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 2,000 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.