YEREVAN—Armenia and Russia may launch a satellite in three years – a first for Armenia – if they reach an agreement in 2014, Sergey Savelyev, Deputy Director of Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, told Regnum.
“Russia is ready to help Armenia join the club of space-faring nations,” Savelyev said, adding that Armenia has a wealth of experience in the field from Soviet times.
He noted that the historic Byurakan Observatory in Armenia is in fact being revived with the support of Roscosmos. The observatory has been supplied with Russia-made telescopes.
The Armenian and Russian parties have already started preliminary work towards launching a satellite. “We are working actively in that direction. Technical studies are now underway,” Sergey Savelyev said.