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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.

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