Angola confirms first African satellite will be in orbit in 2017

15 October 2014

Angosat 1, Angola’s the first communications satellite, built by a Russian consortium, will be put into orbit in 2017, the National Director of Telecommunications of Angola, Eduardo Sebastian told radio station Rádio Nacional in Luanda.

The satellite, construction of which began in November 2013, will be the first operated by an African nation and will have a lifetime of 15 years.

The project contract was signed in 2009 by Angola and a Russian consortium that includes the RSC (Rocket Space Corporation Energiya), Telecom-Projeto 5 and Rosoboronexport companies, which leads the group.

Angosat 1 will provide Angola with communications and digital terrestrial services, replacing the current analogue system.

Investment in the project totals US$403 million. (macauhub/AO)