Kazakhstan: In an online conference, Chairman of Kazakhstan’s National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev lauded the initiative of the national space industry in creating GPS/GLONASS augmented navigation satellite system. ‘Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary’ National Company has been working on the project over the past four years. The companies in Almaty and Astana have been established to produce navigation devices.
“We will be able to accurately determine the location of cars, planes and trains. We intend to launch the first 60 differential stations by late 2013 – early 2014,” Mussabayev said.
Earlier the president of ‘Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary’ Gabdullatif Myrzakulov reported that the work on the navigation system based on GPS/GLONASS signals was underway in Kazakhstan since 2011. In his words, the estimated cost of the project amounts to KZT 1,223 billion.
The differential regional stations will be able to issue correcting and controlling data on locations for satellite navigation receivers using the US GPS signals, as well as the Russian GLONASS signals. The users of the navigation system will include government agencies, national companies, private companies, and private users.
The system can be widely used in the preparation of land registries, mapping, scheduling transportation vehicles of all kinds, geodynamics studies, monitoring spatially extended objects, construction and monitoring the condition of roads, tunnels and bridges and many other areas, Myrzakulov noted.
Currently Kazakhstan is working with Russia on the creation of regional network of stations for differential correction for using the signals of the Russian GLONASS and the American GPS.
Another project is the creation of a joint venture with Russia – a rocket and space complex “Baiterek”at Baikonur.
The “Baiterek” project was initiated in January 2004, when the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed an agreement on cooperation regarding the efficient use of Baikonur complex. The heads of states signed an agreement on the establishment of a rocket and space complex “Baiterek”, designed to launch rockets of “Angara” class, on December 22, 2004. The completion of the “Baiterek” construction is scheduled for 2017.