The launch of Angola’s first satellite of Angola is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017 and construction of “Angosat 1” is due for completion in November 2016, said in Luanda the director general of the National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN ).
Zolana Rui João, who was speaking during a meeting organised by GGPEN, which is part of the Inter-ministerial Commission for the General Coordination of the National Space Programme, on the challenges, benefits and opportunities of placing “Angosat 1” in orbit said the satellite, would have a useful life of 15 years.
To ensure the operation of the satellite, Rui João said, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology had funded staff training in satellite engineering and space engineering systems, and seven students were currently in Russia and one in Italy.
In addition to these eight students, nine others are receiving technical and vocational training in nano and pico-satellites (University of Tokyo and Nihon, Japan) ten in space missions and systems design and another ten in operating space missions.
The satellite mission control centre, which will control and produce telemetric data sent by the Angosat 1 satellite, will be built in the municipality of Cacuaco, in Luanda, according to Angolan news agency Angop. (macauhub/AO)