Kazakhstan Finds Effort to Enter Space Club Stymied By Lack of Trained Engineers

Despite hosting one of the world’s premiere launch complexes for more than half a century, Kazakhstan remains desperately short of space engineers and specialists, according to Kazkosmos head Talgat Musabayev.

The nation, which hosts the Soviet-era Baikonur Cosmodrome, is striving to enter the ranks of space powers. The government recently strengthened its ties with the French national space agency CNES and several European aerospace giants.

However, the lack of homegrown talent is a hindrance. Speaking at the Kazakh National Engineering Academy, Musabayev called upon the nation’s technical universities to launch programs in aerospace studies to help fill the gap. The government also recently approved a master plan aimed at improving its space industry by 2015.

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