Space Days in Kazakhstan

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Our world is constantly changing, and it’s important to be aware of those changes in order for us to best adapt to our surroundings and adequately plan for the future. One of the most effective ways that we can track those changes is through remote sensing of the earth by satellites in space. Known for housing the world’s first and largest operational space center, the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the country of Kazakhstan continues to push the boundaries of space observation, and we are proud to take part in that push.

Kazakhstan’s independent space program, The Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazcosmos), strives to boost the industrial development of the Republic by creating space systems used for data transfer, remote sensing, and navigation to accomplish these tasks. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) combined with these technologies allow us to better visualize and interpret the dynamic world around us.

These advanced space technologies along with technology solutions in the field of GIS, geodesy, cartography and satellite navigation can be used to solve industry problems of Kazakhstan’s economy, as well as other economies around the world by providing solutions for Agriculture, Land Management, Oil and Gas, and Defense and Security, and Disaster Management.

Hexagon Geospatial had the opportunity to attend the 3rd international seminar “Space Days in Kazakhstan” with two of our regional partners, in Astana. The Aerospace Committee of the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, JSC National Company “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” hosted the conference. Representatives of the Earth remote sensing data suppliers, as well as developers and users of GIS and remote sensing data, gathered together to discuss possible uses and results from the Kazakh Earth remote sensing space system of the Republic of Kazakhstan (ERS SS RK) and ground infrastructure of the high-accuracy satellite navigation system (GI HSNS). The JSC NC “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary,” national operator of the ERS SS RK and GI HSNS, and its employers shared their plans for utilizing the ERS SS RK to solve industry issues. This year, over 350 local and foreign specialists from all over the world participated in the event.

Hexagon Geospatial was a Gold Sponsor at the event, and Executive Director for the EMEA, Claudio Mingrino gave a presentation on behalf of the company, introducing the who we are, what we do, and how we can contribute to the Kazakh Space Agency and the satellite data industry, and to all those who are using that data in the country, region, and worldwide. Our partner, conducted a workshop, where we introduced our photogrammetry tools along with the possible uses of the technology.

This event was a great opportunity for world leaders in GIS and RS Systems to come together to discuss the applications of remote sensing products and services for sustainable development around the world. Kazakhstan continues to stay dedicated to solving problems, not only for their economy, but economies around the world.

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Claudio Mingrino

Claudio Mingrino is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships. He is a business development executive with deep expertise in driving and achieving growth objectives in diverse, foreign markets. Claudio has worked in information technology for over 30 years and combines broad experience in sales and market penetration strategies with a solid understanding of business operations management. In 1994 he joined Intergraph as Business Unit Manager of the global indirect channel for Italy and Greece, and later became Country and Legal Entity Manager for Italy in 2000. In 2012 Claudio became EMEA Director for all Hexagon initiatives and, in January 2014, joined Hexagon Geospatial as EMEA Executive Director. Claudio is a lover of sports and finds time to cycle, ski and swim. He is also an avid traveler and likes to spend quieter times reading about art and history.

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