Astrium Inks Two-Satellite Deal with Kazakhstan

PARIS — Space hardware and services supplier Astrium, furthering its partnership with the government of Kazakhstan, will build and launch two Earth observation satellites, and provide a satellite integration and test center in Kazakhstan, in a contract valued at 230 million euros ($336 million) and concluded Oct. 6 during a state visit to Kazakhstan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Astrium announced.

The contract was signed Oct. 6 in the Kazakh capital of Astana by Francois Auque, president of Astrium; and by Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, president of JSC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapery, a state-owned company affiliated with the Kazakh space agency.
“This new space system will provide the Republic of Kazakhstan with a wide range of civil applications, including surveillance of natural resources and agriculture, mapping and support for natural-disaster response,” Auque said in a statement following the contract signature. (Source: SPACE NEWS)

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