Russia training Angolan personnel to run the AngoSat satellite

14 February 2012

Luanda, Angola, 14 Feb – Ten Angolan technical personnel linked to the telecommunication and information technologies sector have been receiving training since 2011 in Russia with a view to managing the AngoSat project, Russia’s ambassador in Angola, Serguey Nenachev, said in Luanda.

On the sidelines of the second session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic, Technical/scientific and Commercial Cooperation between Angola and Russia, which began on Monday in Luanda, Nenachev specified that five personnel had gone to Russia in 2011 for specialised training and that five more had gone this year to attend post-graduate courses.

Angola’s Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José de Carvalho da Rocha, recently stated that the process of placing AngoSat in orbit would take place this year and that it would have a useful lifespan of 15 years.

The satellite’s orbital placement will enable international access services to support and expand broadband internet and transmission for telecoms operators, as well as network services for television and radio broadcasting.

The contract worth US$327.6 million has a planned fabrication deadline of 39 months. Besides the supply of technical resources, it covers the training of Angolan personnel in space technology for satellite management.

The Russian consortium comprises the companies RSC (Rocket Space Corporation) Energy, Telecom-Project 5 and Rosoboronexport, which heads the group and is primarily responsible for building the satellite. (macauhub)