Angola’s first satellite put into orbit on 7 December

20 October 2017

AngoSat-1, Angola’s first communications satellite, will be launched into orbit on 7 December, Angola’s Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies said on Thursday in a statement to Rádio Luanda.

José Carvalho da Rocha, who spoke of the benefits of the first Angolan satellite, also said the project will cover the entire territory of the country when it starts operating and mentioned, for example, that it would allow doctors’ consultations using telemedicine and improve access to specialist doctors.

An experiment of this kind was carried out two weeks ago between the cities of Luanda and Bengo, and a specialist doctor from Américo Boavida Hospital (Luanda) gave an orthopaedic consultation to a patient at the Pangu Aluquém (Bengo) medical centre.

The AngoSat-1 satellite, built by a Russian consortium, will be launched from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, according to Russian news agency Sputnik, citing Yevgeny Mikrin, deputy director general of the Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation. (macauhub)