ASTANA. KAZINFORM - The annual international forum "Space Days in Kazakhstan" was held on the fields of the exhibition KADEX-2018 organized for the first time by the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan this year, the correspondent of MIA Kazinform reports.
More than 500 representatives of space agencies and state bodies, cosmonauts, famous scientists, specialists of leading world companies in the field of space technologies from more than 20 countries of the world (France, USA, Japan, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Ukraine, China, UAE, Korea and others) have arrived to participate in the Kazakhstani space forum.
Heads of the space departments of Ukraine, Russia, France, Italy shared their impressions on the results of the forum with the correspondent of MIA "Kazinform".
Speaking at the forum, the Chairman of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) Pavel Degtyarenko noted that the successes of the Kazakhstan space are directly related to the name of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who pays close attention to the development of the country's space industry. "It is not a problem that there are still few space vehicles in Kazakhstan. Creation of the Assembly, Integration and Testing Complex of spacecrafts (AITC SC), the Special Design Technological Bureau for space technology (SDTB) are being created, also the National Space Center is being built”. The main thing is that the right approach is determined, the basis of the space infrastructure is being created, "said the head of NSAU.
According to P. Degtyarenko, the history of the world cosmonautics has gone through three stages. For the first time the world stirred the flight of Gagarin, the second time it was a sensation of flight to the moon, and for the third time Ilon Musk surprised the world. "Space does not create oligarchs; these oligarchs consider it an honor to invest in space and become millionaires then," the head of the Ukrainian space department joked. "Let's move humanity into space together!" He said, addressing to all forum participants and offered cooperation to Kazakhstan in creation of an ultra light rocket.
The delegation of the Russian space corporation (RSC) Energia, which arrived from Baikonur, where these days there is pre-launch preparation of the next space expedition to the International Space Station, took part in the work of the forum.
First Deputy General Designer - Chief Designer of Space Manned Spacecraft of RSC Energia Sergei Romanov and Director of the RSC Energia Representative Office at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Lieutenant-General Leonid Baranov also visited the National Space Center (NSC) in Astana.
"I'm just amazed by what I saw," said the general constructer after visiting the jobs at the SDTB, on the under construction built spacecraft factory in Astana. - "Full technological cycle of creating spacecraft, modern equipment, new technologies, enthusiasm for their work. I saw the burning eyes of young professionals who know how to create space technology, look to the future, "Kazakhstan has chosen the right strategy for the development of the space industry, and I am sure that there will be a good result," concluded S. Romanov.
Senior Vice-President of the French division of the European concern Airbus Defense and Space Hugues Laporte Weywada for his contribution to the development of Kazakhstan's space was awarded a jubilee medal of honor of the 25th anniversary of Kazcosmos.
Sharing the impression, Hugues Laporte Weywada noted the high level of the forum, which was first organized within the framework of the international exhibition KADEX-2018 using the most advanced technical solutions for the presentation of space activities in Kazakhstan and around the world.
«Many meetings and negotiations with the Kazakhstan authorities on future joint programs in the space industry were held during this time. Within the framework of the Forum, Airbus Defense and Space and JSC "NC" Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary " signed an additional Agreement for the international distribution of space images from Kazakhstan's satellites ERS KazEOSat-1, KazEOSat-2," said the head of the French Company.
Accepting congratulations with the departmental award of Kazcosmos, Hugues Laporte Weywada noted that it was a great honor for him to receive this award. “I am very pleased to work in this country, to contribute to the development of space activities in Kazakhstan. I am very grateful to the Government of Kazakhstan for the high appreciation and recognition of the work of our team, the whole company Airbus Defense and Space”- he said.
“We are proud that our cooperation was started with the support of the Heads of our countries in 2009 and the creation and launch of the first Kazakhstan satellite of high-resolution remote sensing began with our help.
Today, Kazakhstan's space activities are at a very good level, unique facilities are being built, there are specialists with good knowledge in the space field, and our company is very interested in Kazakhstan's early creation of its own satellites. The main thing is not to lose the tempo”,- Hugues Laporte Weiwada noted in his interview to "Kazinform" agency.
Giuseppe Matarazzo Vice-president of the Italian division of the French company Thales Alenia Space, in his bright and expressive presentation spoke about the success of his company. Noting the successful long-term cooperation with Kazakhstan in the KazSat project, Matarazzo stressed that the Italians are proud of joint work. Speaking of the prospects, Thales Alenia Space offered cooperation to Kazcosmos in the Italian Earth Observation Program "KosmoSkyMed" and joint training of personnel on modern space technologies. "KADEX" and "Space Days" were an excellent platform for the exchange of opinions, experience, new ideas in the field of defense, aviation and space not only with the specialists of Kazakhstan, but also many leading companies of the world”,- said in conclusion Giuseppe Matarazzo.