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Kazakhstan’s Space Industry Gets Jitters After Satellite Glitch

Engineers prepare KazSat-2 for launch in 2011. The recent nerve-wracking malfunction of the satellite is refocusing attention on Kazakhstan’s space program. (Photo: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center)

On March 31, at 08:22 local time, Kazakhstan lost contact with its KazSat-2 satellite, which provides communications services for local broadcasters and Internet companies.
 
The national space agency, KazCosmos, said in a statement that the satellite was used by 13 telecommunications and broadcasting operators. For a nerve-wracking seven hours, all data previously being handled by the satellite was rerouted to KazSat-3.
 
Officials have not revealed what caused the malfunction. But this development is refocusing attention on Kazakhstan’s space program, and seems certain to cause renewed unease over the decision by KazCosmos to stick by its choice of Russia’s Khrunichev Center to develop KazSat-2, following the grim fate of KazSat-1.
 

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