Today /22 March 2021/ marks the 40th anniversary of the first space flight by a Mongolian.
On the behalf of Communications and Information Technology Authority, we would like to congratulate J.Gurragchaa and M. Ganzorig, both Heroes of the Mongolian People’s Republic.
It is believed that the beginning of modern space exploration of Mongolia began in the 1960s when our country joined the “Intercosmos” program for the peaceful exploration of space.
Mongolian space flight was one of the goals of the Intercosmos program and J. Gurragchaa successfully fulfilled this goal by flying together with the Soviet cosmonaut V.A.Dzhanibekov and became the 101st astronaut in the world and the second cosmonaut in Asia.
The Mongolian space flight was a major step in space research, the study of the Earth, the study of the planets, and the application of space technology in all fields. Astronaut M.Ganzorig made a valuable contribution to the development of remote sensing in Mongolia.
Since the beginning of the development of telecommunications infrastructure in our country such as the establishment of Naran Space Station and Meteorological Station in 1970, the use of space technology has become an integral part of our daily lives.
Generations of governments have been supporting the development of space communications. For example, Mongolia’s long-term policy document “Vision 2050” approved by the Parliament Resolution No. 52 of 2020, the creation of national products and services based on space technology and the development of space communications. In “Vision 2050”, clearly reflects the creation of national products and services based on space technology, establish a new national satellite communications network, strengthen the capacity and infrastructure to study, own and use space technology, and use it widely in all socio-economic sectors.
Furthermore, the Government is focusing on intensifying the implementation of the “National Satellite Program” approved by Government Resolution No. 137 of 2012 and aims to enable Mongolia to own and use space and benefit every citizen.
In the future, we will focus on reforming the policies and legal framework of the sector, expanding cooperation with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and the United Nations space agency (UNOOSA) for strengthening human resources in the space technology of Mongolia.