Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:01 - Updated Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:01
Angola joins restricted group of African countries with own satellite
Luanda - Angola became the seventh African country to have its own satellite in the orbit, dubbed Angosat1, which was launched last Tuesday in Kazakhstan.
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Angola launched its first satellite on Dec. 26, 2017.
Photo: Foto Cedida
The other African countries that have a satellite in orbit are Algeria, South Africa do Sul, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.
Built by a Russian state consortium, Angosat1 will cover part of Africa and Europe and at least 47 Angolan aerospace engineers, trained in China, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Russia, will guarantee the functioning of the satellite.
After the launch, the satellite will take 7 hours to reach orbit and then have about two to three months of testing. At the end of this period, the equipment will be able to be used up to the expected 15 years of useful life.
The Angosat1 project has been underway since 2012.
The Angolan minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, has said that Angosat1 is just a "chess piece" of telecommunications infrastructure in the country, which will join the existing 20,000 kilometres of optical fibre.
- 26/12/2017 12:50:24
Luanda - The entry into orbit of the Angosat1 is scheduled for this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., after the completion of the integration phase of the Angolan satellite to the launcher module.
- 06/12/2017 10:45:53
Luanda - The director for institutional relations of the mobile phone company Unitel, Humberto Mbote, has expressed his optimism about the benefits of the country's first satellite, dubbed Angosat-1, but stressed that for communication costs to reduce there has to be full electrification of the country and security measures.
- 29/11/2017 16:36:36
Luanda - The launching of Angolan satellite on December this year will make the national companies services more competitive compared to those provided by their foreign counterparts.