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Kazakhstan chose the Falcon 9 from SpaceX for the next satellite launch instead of the Soyuz. Because it’s cheaper

The authorities did not disclose the cost of launching the Ilona Musk rocket company.

Aset Nurkenov , a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan, said that the first two Kazakhstani science and technology satellites would be launched on the Falcon 9 rocket. He noted that “this time” this decision was made for economic reasons.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Why this time Falcon 9? Because it was cheaper to launch on Falcon 9. The amount is a commercial secret, we cannot disclose, the American side asked.[/perfectpullquote]
Aset Nurkenov
Press Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan

Nurkenov noted that in the future, the country could launch such launches from its Baikonur cosmodrome using Soyuz and Protons. However, he did not name specific dates or devices that plan to launch in this way.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We plan [to run from Kazakhstan], it is possible. We think that it is possible to launch spacecraft of such a configuration with launch vehicles of the “Soyuz” and “Proton” types, which are launched from us at Baikonur.[/perfectpullquote]
Aset Nurkenov

On the Falcon 9 rocket the scientific satellite KazSaySat and technological KazistiSat will be placed. The launch of satellites will take place on November 20 from the American military base Vandenberg in California.

The cost of launching satellites on the Proton-M rocket with the Briz-M upper stage for 2015 was estimated at about $ 70 million. At the same time, the launch of Falcon 9 was estimated at 62 million dollars.

According to Informbyuro.kz, Kazakhstan paid only $ 1.3 million for the launch of two satellites. Beibut Atamkulov, the minister of the defense and aerospace industry, said that initially the authorities wanted to use the Russian Dnepr rocket, but this program was closed, so they had to look for alternatives.

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