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)