Russian consortium starts building Angola’s Angosat satellite

26 December 2012

Angosat, Angola’s first space satellite is now being built and should be launched in three years, the country’s secretary of state for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Alcides Safeca, who was speaking at a ceremony held in Luanda to mark the start of construction of Angosat, noted that the satellite was being built by a Russian consortium led by RSC, “a multinational with extensive experience of making satellites and rockets for international programmes such as Soyuz-Apollo.”

Investment in the satellite totals around 40 billion kwanzas and is funded by a syndicate of Russian banks headed up by Ruseximbank and VTB.

Safeca, who is the project’s coordinator, said that the proposed satellite is of the Yamal type and has a projected lifetime of 15 years.(macauhub)