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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:11 - Updated Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:54

Minister confirms satellite launch by December

The minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies José Carvalho da Rocha said Thursday that Angola will send its satellite into Orbit on December 7th this year.

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Angolan 1 Satellite project

Photo: Cortesia Dino Pertence

José Carvalho da Rocha has confirmed the fact during an interview with Luanda Radio station, while speaking on the benefits of the first Angolan satellite.

He said that the AngoSat-1 project was built for Angola.

According to the Russian News Agency Sputnik, which quoted the director of Missile and Space Energy Corporation Designer, Yevgeny Mikrin,  said that AngoSat-1 Satellite will be launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, through Ukrainian launch vehicle.

In its online, the Sputnik stressed that the sending into Orbit of the first Angolan Satellite had been delayed many times.

The process was initially scheduled for summer - from the Northern Hemisphere (June to August), then rescheduled for September and later for October, November and finally December.

Last September, Angolan experts traveled to Russia to agree on the terms and final date for the launch of the Satellite that was expected before the end of this year.

The AngoSat-1 project has been implemented since 2012.

A Satellite equipped with transmitter was built, as part of the programme. The next step implies sending it into Earth's Orbit.

Angosat1's control and mission center is located in the municipality of Funda, northern Luanda province.

With 1,500 kilograms and 262.4 kilograms payload, Angosat was built in Russia, with a span of 15 years.

 The Satellite will have a primary control and mission center in Angola and a secondary center in Russia.

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