Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch

A Falcon 9 rocket launches in September 2018.

Enlarge / A Falcon 9
rocket launches in September 2018. (credit: SpaceX)

The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from
a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Central Asian country was
then a Soviet republic. Later, the first human to fly into space,
Yuri Gagarin, also launched from Kazakhstan. Today, despite its
independence, this spaceport remains the primary launch site for
the Russian space program.

However, when Kazakhstan wanted to get a small scientific
satellite named KazSaySat and a technology satellite called
KazistiSat into space, the country didn’t select a Russian rocket.
Instead, it chose the US-based launch company SpaceX to reach
orbit.


In an article
published by the Russia-based wire service
Interfax on Tuesday, the press secretary of the Ministry of
Defense and Aerospace Industry, Aset Nurkenov, explained why. “The
reason for using a Falcon 9 for this launch is that it will be less
expensive,” he said. “The total cost is a commercial
confidentiality we can not reveal at the request of the American
launch provider.” (The Interfax article was translated for Ars by
Robinson Mitchell).

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Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch