Turkmenistan plans to launch its second space satellite within the next five years, a government spokesman told Daryo.
'At this stage, technical conditions for the design, construction, and launch of the new artificial satellite have been prepared', he said.
Franco-Italian Thales Alenia Space is again offering its services. This company built TurkmenAlem-52E, Turkmenistan's first national satellite, which was launched in 2015 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
The spacecraft is expected to help develop the local economy and provide data on hard-to-reach sites.
The probe will provide environmental monitoring of oil fields, pipeline corridors, and refineries, including the detection of oil spills and surveillance of oil and gas companies. In addition, the satellite will provide information on the state of agricultural land.
Satellite imagery is expected to improve the efficiency of monitoring the progress of transport infrastructure construction and the environmental condition not only of the land but also of the Caspian Sea shelf, local experts say.
Credits: Eziz Boyarov, Ashgabat