ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Nov. 21
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Technical conditions for design, construction and launch of a new artificial satellite into outer space have been prepared in Turkmenistan, Trend reports referring to the Turkmen government.
This issue was raised during a working meeting with the participation of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and leaders of the Turkmen industrial and communication spheres.
Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Bayramgeldy Ovezov presented a report on the implementation of the tasks outlined in the country’s Socio-Economic Development Program for 2019-2025, the Concept for the Development of the Digital Economy in Turkmenistan for 2019-2025.
Ovezov said that the technical conditions for the design, construction and launch of a new artificial satellite into outer space for the earth remote sensing, have been prepared, and in this regard, the corresponding work is being carried out.
It was earlier reported that it was planned to allocate about 1.3 billion Turkmen manat ($371.4 million) for the development of the space sphere in Turkmenistan for 2018-2024.
It is expected that the satellite will be used with the aim of the development of all sectors of the national economy and will allow obtaining data on hard-to-reach, high-speed and other objects.
In the energy sector, it will be possible to create electronic maps of power lines and transformer substations, collect, process and store the received data, as well as monitor the technical condition of the objects.
Remote sensing will also allow environmental monitoring of oil fields, pipeline corridors and oil refineries, including the identification of oil spills and controlling the activities of oil and gas companies.
Using the satellite, it will be possible to regularly receive images of individual regions, determine the area of arable land and pastures, as well as obtain information on the land condition.
Satellite images will increase effectiveness of monitoring the progress of work on new buildings, laying new and reconstructing the existing highways of the transport infrastructure, the ecological state of not only land, but also the Caspian sea shelf, local experts said.
In 2015, Turkmen Alem 520E, the first Turkmen telecommunication satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida, US).
The project was implemented by the French Thales Alenia Space.
($1= 3.5 Turkmen manat on Nov. 21)