Space Agency and Office • Member since 2018
Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, established with the mission to connect people around the world, provides satellite-delivered telecommunication and Earth observation services to its customers in the public and private sectors.
Azercosmos operates 3 satellites. The first, Azerspace-1, is a telecommunication satellite positioned at 46° East longitude and has a wide coverage of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation and launched by Arianespace, Azerspace-1 is equipped with 36 transponders: 24 in C-band and 12 in Ku-band.
Under the terms of a strategic partnership with Airbus DS, in 2014, Azercosmos took over the rights to operate and commercialize SPOT-7/Azersky, a high resolution optical Earth observation satellite.
To enhance the coverage area and spectrum of services, in 2018, Azercosmos launched its second telecommunication satellite Azerspace-2. The satellite, manufactured by SSL and launched by Arianespace, is positioned in geostationary orbit at 45° East longitude
To conduct scientific research in the field of space and astronautics, a Research and Development Center functions within Azercosmos. The Center develops various software for the satellite operations, conducts research on automatic recognition of objects and changes through systems built on neural networks, artificial intelligence solutions and related systems.
Azercosmos annually implements the Stimulation of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development project. Within this project, both independent researchers and organizations are provided with satellite imagery obtained via Azersky to carry out their scientific research.
To identify innovative startup projects and products in space and related industries, Azercosmos conducts the NewSpace Business Accelerator Program that provides technological, industrial, and business mentoring and offers seed funding for early-stage space startups.
Azercosmos was one of the partners to hold an International Innovation Contest ActInSpace Hackathon, organized by CNES and ESA, in Baku in 2018. The representatives of the agency were participating in the competition as mentors, experts and the members of the Jury. Furthermore, one of the startup teams got a chance to do an internship at the Research and Development Center of Azercosmos.
To share its experience and raise awareness for satellite projects in the country, Azercosmos, together with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, annually holds the CanSat Azerbaijan model satellite competition. The first rocket modeling festival in the country- Rocketry Azerbaijan, implemented within CanSat competition in April 2019, will be held by agency annually as well. Moreover, in October 2019, Azercosmos is planning to hold the NASA Space Apps Challenge in Azerbaijan, aiming to engage coders, scientists, designers, technologists and space enthusiasts in developing innovative solutions to NASA’s toughest challenges.