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Armenia, Russia Explore Space Cooperation


Armenia - Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian (L) and officials from Russia’s national space agency discuss in Yerevan the possibility of launching a first-ever Armenian commercial satellite, 24Apr2012.

Armenia - Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian (L) and officials from Russia’s national space agency discuss in Yerevan the possibility of launching a first-ever Armenian commercial satellite, 24Apr2012.

Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian met with visiting officials from Russia’s national space agency on Tuesday to look into the possibility of launching a first-ever commercial satellite owned by Armenia.

A statement by the Armenian government said Sarkisian and two deputy directors of the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) discussed “prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the area of space.” The Russian ambassador in Yerevan, Vyacheslav Kovalenko, also took part in the meeting.

TsNIIMash is part of Russia’s Federal Space Agency, which is also known as Roscosmos. It specializes in designing ballistic missiles and spaceships.

“In particular, the interlocutors spoke about issues related to the possible launch of an Armenian commercial satellite that would operate in the area of telecommunication,” said the government statement. “In that regard, the parties pointed out that they are ready to take necessary measures to put that project into practice.”

“As a first step to be taken in that direction, they noted the need to start the process of registration with the International Telecommunication Union,” added the statement. It did not specify the likely cost of the project and sources of funding for it.

The Armenian government has until now not publicly expressed an interest in having a satellite.
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