Iraq to build and launch a $600 million strategic satellite into space

Gelgamesh 1 .. Iraqi Satellite

Iraq-FlagGelgamesh 1 will be the name of a new satellite built by the Ministry of Communication in Iraq and the world’s leading communication companies (including the french aerospace company Astrium ).

14 space and communication companies provided proposals for a strategic multipurpose satellite to be launched into the earth’s orbit according to the Ministry of Communication. This comes after the Iraqi Ministry of Communication announced that it had reclaimed its outer space territory according to international laws.

A 6 ton satellite is planned and $600 million is budgeted for this project.

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Iraqi Communications Minister meeting Astrium officials / 2nd October 2013 – MoC

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