It has been five years since the first launch of a commercial satellite owned by Turkmenistan, a country rich in oil and gas as its essential export commodities. Russian politician and cosmonaut, Yuri Baturin last week, announced that Russia is willing to assist Turkmenistan to release another satellite into Earth’s orbit. While talking to a reporter, Baturin mentioned that the satellite was to be accompanied by second and third consequent ones.
These remarks were made by Baturin in Ashgabat while meeting Turkmenistan’s Industry and Communications Minister Ashir Garayev, who is also the head of the state’s national agency for space. Russia is deemed one of the first early space giants, and most of its space companies inherited the Soviet design and modern production companies. The Kremlin is using government funds to try and modernize space programs belonging to Russia. Regarding this, Former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in early 2019, included a budget of 8 billion dollars to re-structure the Russian space Sector.
According to the Defence Ministry of Russia, its orbital possessions include over 150 spacecraft, 70% of which are run by an automated Space Force for the country. Nonetheless, some spacecraft are being used for scientific, commercial, and socio-economic purposes, whereas satellites check on natural and technology-based emergencies. Russia, in 2018 launched a total of 15 satellites from Vostochny, Baikonur, and Plesetsk.
Being the Vice President of the Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonauts, Baturin believes that Turkmenistan can be provided with technical equipment and expertise needed to launch a second satellite by Russian specialists. TurkmenAlem52E/Monaco Sat was launched in 2015 by Turkmenistan, a short while after the launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket from U.S Launchpad in Cape Canaveral. The satellite is tasked with making radio channels and national T.V. available for residents of the country and has a 16 years lifespan. Specialists to share data between stations on the ground, develop VSAT networks, and offer satellite broadband internet services can use TurkmenAlem 52.
Since 2017, the government of Turkmenistan has been working tirelessly on a remotely controlled exploration satellite expected to improve industries such as the agribusiness sector, oil, and gas, as well as road transport infrastructure. According to U.S. statistics by the government, Turkmenistan is currently the third-largest economy after Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Hydrocarbons, especially natural gas, makes 25% of the country’s GDP.
The country has accepted a technology agreement with the Republic of South Korea. According to the agreement, South Korea will openly share its 5G network know-how with Turkmenistan.