BOSTON The Kazakhstan government intends to invest $6B into space industry development, according to online reports.
The country hopes that its share of the global space market will reach 10%, said Meirbek Moldabekov, the deputy chair of the Kazakh National Space Agency (Kazkosmos), who was quoted in a report by the Times of Central Asia.
Kazakhstan plans to develop a research satellite for the World Space Observatory "Ultraviolet project." The project aims to study the universe in the 100 - 320 nm ultraviolet wavelength range, which is beyond the reach of ground-based instruments.
Russia, Spain, Italy, China and Kazkosmos are cooperating on the project.
The republic also intends to create a control-and-test facility.
"Kazakhstan has a high scientific potential which will enable us to create software required for satellite control," Moldabekov said.
However, he cited the country's acute shortage of specialists as a weakness.
Kazakhstan is the site of the Baikonur space launch facility, which was built during the Soviet-era. It is currently leased and managed by Russia.
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