The satellite operator, wholly owned by the government of Azerbaijan, is at IBC to discuss strategic development plans, including enhancement of its coverage area and spectrum of services by launching Azerspace-2 at 45° East longitude in 2018.
Currently, Azerspace-1 – which was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation of the US on a flight-proven Star-2 platform – is in orbit, and offers broadband and broadcast solutions to Azercosmos customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Planned to operate in orbit for at least 15 years, it was launched in February 2013 and is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in C-band and 12 in Ku-band at 46° East longitude.
In December 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialise Azersky, a high-resolution optical earth observation satellite, and entered into the commercial business of earth observation services, including geo-information services.
The company says its mission is to render secure and reliable services, increase its market share based on strong and strategic partnerships, and create innovative capacity for future projects.