'Sputnik', 'Voyager', 'Mariner' and 'Galileo' are the sort of names space probes and satellites should have - especially for a country's first domestic foray into earth orbit! Mongolia's first satellite is called simply ‘Monsat-1’! The satellite was launched by Mongolian ‘MongolSat Networks’ company in cooperation with ‘ABS’ (Asia Broadcast Satellite) without fanfare on 21st of January.
The Satellite has 12x27 megahertz capacity and it will used for delivering television programming to Mongolian consumers.
Mongolia does, of course, have a proud history in space: in 1981, J.Gurragchaa spent over a week on the Soviet Salyut 6 Space Station and completed 124 orbits. Major General J.Gurragchaa was given the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. He later served as Mongolia's Defence Minister.