RUSSIAN-UKRAINE ZENIT ROCKET FINALLY LAUNCHES AngoSat-1

The Angosat Project Contract was signed by the Russian and Angolan Parties in 2009. In the following years both parties carried out a joint work in organization of the project financing, that made it possible to proceed to its practical implementation. Work on the satellite started in late 2012.

The Angosat Project calls for development of a communications satellite with C- and Ku-band transponders, its launch into a geostationary orbit and development of the ground communication and TV broadcasting infrastructure. The Mission Control Center and Central satellite communication network station are planned to be built in the suburbs of Luanda. Moreover, the Project provides for activities on improvement of the currently exciting ground segment of satellite television broadcasting system of the Republic of Angola.

The satellite was launched on 26 December 2017 successfully directly into geostationary orbit. Contact was established with AngoSat 1 after spacecraft separation, but contact was lost subsequently during solar panel deployment. Contact was reestablished a day later, but the status of the batteries remained worrisome.

The satellite will be operated by Angola's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.Angosat 1 will be placed in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 14 degrees East longitude and is expected to operate for at least fifteen years. It will match the Earth's rotation and hover over the same geographic location, beaming television broadcast, Internet, radio and other telecommunications services to Angola, the rest of Africa and parts of Europe.

The satellite carries 16 C-band and six Ku-band transponders, and its communications payload was supplied by Airbus Defense and Space.

Angosat 1 is the Republic Of Angola's first communications satellite and the first of its kind in Africa; it is the product of an inter-governmental agreement signed between the Angolan and Russian governments in 2009.

Russian engineers also helped construct and activate a satellite control center near the Angolan capital of Luanda on the southwest coast of Africa, where officials will oversee Angosat 1 operations.

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