Sentinel-2 imagery of the area on 4 May. Image: CSSTEAP.

Using space-based information, the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) affiliated to the United Nations has analysed the recent failure of a dam around the Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan. Following a week of heavy rain in the region, the wall of the dam broke on 1 May and flooded surroundings in Uzbekistan as well as Kazakhstan to the north. According to media reports, the breach led to the evacuation of thousands of people in the area. 

The analysis carried out by CSSTEAP makes use of MODIS multi-temporal... read more

Publishing Date: 19/05/2020
Specialist from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan during the meeting

An group of experts from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan are meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, to agree on the creation of joint system for space monitoring and disaster forecasting. The meeting is part of the Plan of Joint Actions of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2013-2015.

According to the Russian Deputy Director of Civil Defense Department, Alexander Rvachev, Russia is reinforcing the space team of the Russian Emergencies... read more

Publishing Date: 21/11/2014
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Skybox plans to create a 24 satellite constellation collecting high-resolution

On 8 July, 2014 Skybox launched the SkySat-2 Earth Observation Satellite from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on board a Soyuz-2 Fregat rocket. The launch of SkySat-2 follows as part of Skybox’s plan to create a 24 satellite constellation collecting high-resolution Earth imagery.  

As UN-SPIDER had reported previously, Google recently announced... read more

Publishing Date: 09/07/2014
KazEOSat-2 will also support disaster management

Kazakhstan successfully launched its second Earth Observation Satellite KazEOSat-2 on 20 June 2014 from Yasni launch base, Russia.

KazEOSat-2, with 6.5 meters spatial resolution, is expected to provide full... read more

Publishing Date: 23/06/2014
KazEOSat-1 will provide a wide range of civilian applications.

On 29 April 2014, Kazakhstan's first Earth Observation satellite, KazEOSat-1, was launched with the third Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Center. In a press release launch services operator Arianespace stated: "KazEOSat-1 (DZZ-HR) is a high-resolution optical observation satellite that weighed 830 kg at launch. It will provide Kazakhstan with a wide range of civilian applications, including monitoring of natural and agricultural resources,... read more

Publishing Date: 05/05/2014
The launch vehicle, Proton-M, includes improvements regarding the rocket ProtonK

On 8 December 2013, the Inmarsat-5F1 (I-5 F1) telecommunications satellite of the British Inmarsat global mobile operator was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 12:12 GMT by the International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M main booster. The Inmarsat-5F1 was launched according to the already tested method of orbiting the satellite: In a first stage the rocket Proton-M put the upper stage rocket Breeze-M onto a suborbital trajectory carrying the telecommunications satellite. The Breeze-M upper stage carries the Inmarsat-5F1 to the designated... read more

Publishing Date: 09/12/2013

The second Metop satellite was launched yesterday, 17 September 2012 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, atop a Russian Soyuz launcher, as planned. Metop-B will ensure the continuity of the weather and atmospheric monitoring service provided by its predecessor Metop-A, which has been circling the globe from pole to pole, 14 times a day, since 2006 and has now exceeded its design lifetime. The Soyuz-Fregat vehicle lifted off at 16:28 GMT on Monday, 17 September. The Fregat upper stage manoeuvred to release the satellite into a... read more

Publishing Date: 18/09/2012

PARIS — Space hardware and services supplier Astrium, furthering its partnership with the government of Kazakhstan, will build and launch two Earth observation satellites, and provide a satellite integration and test center in Kazakhstan, in a contract valued at 230 million euros ($336 million) and concluded Oct. 6 during a state visit to Kazakhstan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Astrium announced.

The contract was signed Oct. 6 in the Kazakh capital of Astana by Francois Auque, president of Astrium; and by Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, president of JSC Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapery, a... read more

Publishing Date: 13/10/2009


Central Asia is a region vulnerable to many natural hazards, of which earthquakes are one of the most catastrophic ones. Historically, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have been devastated by a number of earthquakes that caused huge economic and human losses. 
Earlier this year, the earthquakes in Nepal reminded us of the devastating consequences earthquakes can have on countries that are unprepared for such catastrophic events. To prevent such consequences in Central Asia, it is imperative that current seismic... read more
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