Azer­bai­jan, Iran eye space co­op­er­a­tion

Azer News - - Front Page - By Le­man Mam­madova

Space co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Iran may be launched soon, Ira­nian Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi said.

Space co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Iran may be launched soon, Ira­nian Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi said.

"We are cur­rently hold­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on Iran's use of satel­lites be­long­ing to Azer­bai­jan. In ad­di­tion, Iran has a satel­lite pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy. We can co­op­er­ate with Azer­bai­jan in this field. Our pro­posal is to make satel­lite with the sci­en­tific re­search of both coun­tries," he said.

To­day, Azer­bai­jan is a mem­ber of space satel­lite club with three satel­lites, long-term space in­dus­try devel­op­ment pro­grams, and in­fra­struc­ture and strength­ens its po­si­tion in the global space in­dus­try.

Az­erkos­mos Open Joint-Stock Com­pany was es­tab­lished in May 2010. This is the first Cau­casian satel­lite op­er­a­tor. Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of 2017, the com­pany's rev­enue from com­mer­cial use amounted to $ 23 mil­lion. In Jan­uary-June 2018, the satel­lite ser­vices were ex­ported to 19 coun­tries.

Over the past five years, Azer­bai­jan has launched three satel­lites: Az­erspace-1, Az­er­sky and fi­nally on 26 Septem­ber Az­erspace-2.

The first satel­lite of Azer­bai­jan, Az­erspace, was launched into space in 2013 from the Kuru cos­mod­rome in South Amer­ica.

In the first half of 2018, the profit of Azer­bai­jan's Aerospace Satel­lite op­er­a­tor Az­erispace-1 and Az­erisky for the com­mer­cial use of ob­ser­va­tion satel­lites to­taled $ 12.7 mil­lion

Azer­bai­jan's Az­erspace-2 satel­lite was put into or­bit by ELA-3 plat­form in Guiana Space Cen­ter lo­cated in French Guiana

Az­erspace-2 satel­lite worth $ 190 mil­lion is ex­pected to bring $ 400 mil­lion in rev­enue to the coun­try's econ­omy.

Na­tional satel­lites of­fer high­qual­ity ser­vices for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in Africa, the Mid­dle East, Cen­tral Asia, Europe and the Cau­ca­sus re­gion. The launch of satel­lites in space en­sures the for­ma­tion of a re­li­able in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity sys­tem in Azer­bai­jan and, in gen­eral, boosts telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem devel­op­ment, and fur­ther en­hances the qual­ity of in­ter­net, in­ter­na­tional tele­phone calls, tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing and satel­lite ser­vices through­out the coun­try. At the same time, satel­lite map­ping, hy­drom­e­te­o­rol­ogy, study of the Earth's sur­face, ge­o­detic works will be pos­si­ble at a high level.

Azer­bai­jan joined the In­ter­na­tional Cos­mic Air Ini­tia­tive in 2005 and ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars. In to­tal 80 coun­tries are in­volved in this ini­tia­tive. In ad­di­tion, Azer­bai­jan has es­tab­lished close re­la­tions with the US Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Agency (NASA) struc­tures. The data ob­tained from the Shamakhi ob­ser­va­tory were used by the NASA to ex­plore the Sun.

It should be noted that a joint ven­ture be­tween the Az­erkos­mos Open Joint-Stock Com­pany and the Na­tional Cen­ter for Space Re­search of the French Repub­lic signed a frame­work agree­ment on space co­op­er­a­tion in Paris on July 20, 2018.

Mean­while, Iran is among the world's top nine cos­mic na­tions to­day. The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran has al­ready achieved com­plete turnover of space tech­nol­ogy. The full cy­cle of space tech­nol­ogy is based on the use of ar­ti­fi­cial satel­lite, ground sta­tion, rocket launch sys­tem and ar­ti­fi­cial satel­lite chan­nel.

Iran's first satel­lite, Omid re­search satel­lite, was launched into or­bit in 2009. The event was timed to co­in­cide with the cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th an­niver­sary of the Is­lamic Revo­lu­tion in Iran in early Fe­bru­ary.

In 2010, Iran also sent its first bio-cap­sule con­tain­ing liv­ing crea­tures into space, us­ing the indige­nous Kavosh­gar-3 car­rier.

An­nounced re­cently, Iran in­tends to send its first cos­mo­naut to the open space in 2019.

Co­op­er­a­tion in space be­tween the two coun­tries can make a great con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of sci­en­tific re­searches and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in the re­gion as well as to de­velop space ex­pe­ri­ence of both coun­tries.

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