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Kazkosmos Turns 5, Looks to Future

30 Mar 2012, 12:06 UTC
Kazkosmos Turns 5, Looks to Future
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Officials celebrated the fifth birthday of Kazakhstan’s space agency, Kazkosmos, on Tuesday as they looked ahead to building a full-fledged space industry that would serve as a key high-tech sector for the nation. A key part of this effort is cooperating with foreign space powers, including Europe, and training a new generation of aerospace workers [...]

Kazkosmos Chairman Talgat Musabayev
Officials celebrated the fifth birthday of Kazakhstan’s space agency, Kazkosmos, on Tuesday as they looked ahead to building a full-fledged space industry that would serve as a key high-tech sector for the nation. A key part of this effort is cooperating with foreign space powers, including Europe, and training a new generation of aerospace workers abroad.
When the Soviet Union broke up 20 years ago, Kazakhstan inherited control of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. However, the country lacked a space agency and much in the way of a domestic space industrial sector. There were few trained engineers and technicians, a problem the nation is still addressing today.
Kazakhstan made several attempts to create a national space agency before Kazkosmos came into existence in March 2007. The National Aerospace Agency (NACA) was formed under the Cabinet of Ministers in 1993 and operated for ...

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