First Armenian satellite launched into orbit from SpaceX spacecraft – Armenia PM Pashinyan

First Armenian satellite launched into orbit from SpaceX spacecraft – Armenia PM Pashinyan

Today, Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that on May 25, 2022, Armenia’s first space satellite was launched into the Earth’s orbit on a SpaceX spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in the United States. This happened thanks to the cooperation between the Armenian state Geocosmos company and the Spanish Satlantis.

With this Armenia is embarking into the era of space activities. In this context Pashinyan stressed that one of their priorities is the localization of space technologies in Armenia, as well as organization of space equipment production.

In the near future, more specifically in 2022, by the end of 2023, a satellite control center-receiving station will be established in the Republic of Armenia, around which a scientific team of specialists will be formed. One of the main functions of the control center is to control the satellite and receive space photos. It is planned that the receiving station will provide satellite data transmission services also to other satellite operators.

The satellite photos will be used in Armenia for border control, emergency prevention and management, environmental protection, including climate change monitoring, urban planning, road construction, geology, and more.

In this context, Pashinyan announced also that on September 5-10 this year, Armenia will host the world-famous STARMUS VI science and technology festival, which will be attended by astronauts from around the world, Nobel laureates, world-renowned scientists, astrophysicists, artists and musicians. Armenia will have the opportunity to present itself to the world with a rich history of scientific and technological innovations, opportunities and a vision for the future.

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