(RIA Novosti) - Kazakhstan's first satellite is operating as planned after being launched last week, the Russian Federal Space Agency said Wednesday.
KazSat was launched June 18 from the Baikonur space center in Kazkhastan with President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in attendance. The craft is designed to provide communications for its home country, three other Central Asian states and part of Russia, reports Trend.
The Russian space agency's press secretary, Igor Panarin, said both the satellite and a Russian craft, Resurs-DK1, were working well.
"The flight program [for Resurs-DK1] for the last 24 hours has been fulfilled," he said.
Resurs is a remote earth sensing apparatus designed to make multispectral pictures of the Earth with a 1 meter resolution.