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Turkmenistan sets up space agency
Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), May 31, 2011
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly
Berdymukhamedov has signed a decree authorising the creation
of a National Space Agency, national television reported.
The document, signed Monday, stipulates that the agency is
being set up "to ensure the implementation of scientific
achievements in the national economy and to supervise future
Berdymukhamedov had said the presence of own national
satellite would boost the development of the country's
communications network, Internet and television, contribute to
the implementation of ecological programmes, and improve the
exploration of energy resources.
Turkmenistan has reportedly been holding talks with potential
partners to acquire its first telecommunications satellite.
At present, a Russian Yamal-type satellite owned by Gazprom
Space Systems provides telecommunications coverage for the
former Soviet state in Central Asia.