30 April 2014
KazEOSat-1 (formerly known as DZZ-HR), the Republic of Kazakhstan’s first Earth observation satellite, was successfully launched last night on board a Vega launcher from the European Spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). It is in a low Sun-synchronous orbit (about 700 km from Earth), from which it will operate, and has sent the first operational signal. KazEOSat-1 was built entirely by Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company.

Bravo to the Arianespace teams, who are responsible for the marketing and commercial exploitation of the European launchers at the Guiana Space Centre, for this latest success!”, said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “And bravo as well to the Space Systems teams who have given their very best to provide the Republic of Kazakhstan with this cutting-edge multi-mission satellite”.

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