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The Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (file photo) (AFP) September 25, 2006 -- Russia's state-owned Khrunichev space research center has won a tender to build Kazakhstan's second communication satellite.


At $115 million, KazSat-2 will cost twice as much as its predecessor, KazSat-1, which was launched on June 18.


Industry officials say they expect KazSat-2 to be put into orbit in 2009.


(Kazakhstan Today, Interfax-Kazakhstan)

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