YEREVAN — A second Armenian satellite will be launched into space in the near future, Minister of High-Technology Industry Robert Khachatryan said on Monday.

“The second one will also be a satellite designed to take pictures,” Khachatryan told RFE/RL’s Armenian Service. “I can’t give any dates [for its launch,] but [it should happen] circa 2023 or 2024.”

The Armenian government announced the launch of the first-ever Armenian satellite in late May. The apparently small device named ArmSat-1 was carried into space by a SpaceX rocket that blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said it will be used for a wide range of purposes, including border control, natural disaster management and geology.

The government is understood is have purchased ArmSat-1 from Satlantis, a Spanish company that specializes in the production of small satellites and cameras for them. It has still not revealed financial terms of the deal or technical parameters of the satellite, fuelling skepticism among its critics about the significance of the project.

Khachatryan reaffirmed government plans to open a satellite operations center in Armenia before the end of this year. The government has already commissioned equipment for the center and started preparations for training its personnel, added the minister.

Armenia’s arch-foe Azerbaijan launched its first communication and observation satellite into space in 2013. The Azerbaijani army reportedly used satellite images for its offensive military operations carried out during the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Khachatryan said that his government is also discussing with Satlantis and other firms the possibility of manufacturing observation satellites in Armenia.

“We are negotiating with various companies to see what capacities exist in Armenia and how they can be used properly,” he said. “Such capacities did exist in Armenia in Soviet times and they have been partly preserved. We have good ideas and specialists here whose skills could be put to good use.”

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  1. Two satellite within a year apart? This is an amazing achievement. These achievements should have been obtained during Kocharyan, Sarkisyan and their allies administrations. But they were extremely busy looting overall the country and especially the Armenian army.
    If anyone criticizes the Pashinyan government, either they are blind, deaf or they belong to a so called opposition political party.
    This governments achievement in 2 years period, excluding war and Covid, worth a compliment.

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