TurkmenSat into orbit in 2014

Launches TurkmenSat first communications satellite for Turkmenistan, according to recent reports, is scheduled for the last quarter of 2014. Satellite weighing 4500 kg will be transported from the Baikonur Xichang in south-western China.

TurkmenSat will be launched on board the rocket, Long March 3B. Will operate at the orbital position 52 E and provide services through 37 Ku-band transponders. Average life time of the satellite is 15 years.

The contract for the design, construction and delivery of satellite TurkmenSat was signed by the Ministry of Communications of Turkmenistan with the French company Thales Alenia Space on 18 November 2011.