KAZAKHSTAN’S SPACE INDUSTRY: PRESENT AND FUTURE
Kazakhstan’s capital hosted “Space Days in Kazakhstan: - 2019: Baikonur is Cradle of the World Cosmonautics” two-day forum Nov.12-13. The space industry experts from 25 different countries shared their vision on the industry’s present and future in Kazakhstan.
The head of system engineering management unit at Thales Alenia Space, Vincenzo Marziale, presented the main four innovative areas of digital transformations implemented by the European aerospace manufacturer. The Factory 4.0 program includes 3D-printing, collaborative robots, augmented & virtual reality and a fabrication lab. These innovative advances have been introduced in Kazakhstan and the range of applying them can be expanded to the space industry.
Marziale also noted that security is a growing priority in the space industry. The concern around security is becoming so big that the ways of commercializing it can be another niche for future businesses. ‘Reliability, flexibility as well as capability to react to attacks are the most sought after aspects,’ told Marziale.
Russia’s Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company is ready to establish long-term space cooperation with Kazakhstan. The company’s deputy CEO, Yuriy Vilkov, said that as part of Kazakhstan-Russia cooperation, specialists of ‘Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary’ space agency will be trained in design, construction, assembly and testing of space systems.
The 10-year partner of Kazakhstan, Airbus, is taking cooperation to the next level. The head of communications in Kazakhstan, Yevgeniya Akinshina, said Airbus was strengthening its presence in the country. It has set up a new company ‘Ghalam’ involved in the spacecraft assembly and testing, and manufacturing of spacecraft components. 60 local specialists have been trained to work in the company. The Airbus spokesperson noted that the country needs a robust and clear space development strategy to boost growth. Lack of space equipment manufacturing enterprises in Kazakhstan is another hiccup on the way to the rapid development of the space industry, Akinshina said.
The forum participants agreed the space industry in Kazakhstan is experiencing a number of positive changes that contribute to the growth of the Kazakh economy, opening up new opportunities for new partnerships and businesses.
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