Armenia To Buy Commercial Telecom Satellite From Russia


Aviation Week

July 9 2012

By Amy Svitak [email protected]
Source: AWIN First

Armenia is planning to order a commercial communications satellite
from Russia under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed
July 9 during the Farnborough air show.

Vladimir Popovkin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said
the satellite – Armenia’s first – is expected to carry 15 transponders,
though details of the satellite’s development and launch are still
being negotiated. Popovkin expects a contract to be signed by year-end.

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan discussed the satellite project
with officials from the Russian Central Research Institute of Machine
Building in April, according to Armenian news reports. Last year, the
U.S. Export-Import Bank agreed to finance development of Azerbaijan’s
first national telecommunications satellite, now slated for launch
later this year atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Armenian groups in the
U.S. voiced opposition to U.S. backing for the satellite, which they
said could be used for military purposes.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS