The Russian consortium responsible for the construction and launch of Angola’s first satellite, officially reported as lost, will build Angosat-2 at no cost to the Angolan treasury, with its placement in orbit expected in 2020, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology announced on Monday in Luanda.
José Carvalho da Rocha, speaking at a press conference in the presence of officials from RSC Energia, the satellite construction company, said that while Angosat-2 is not operational Angola will, under the conditions established in the contract, receive bandwidth on another satellite “at no cost.”
Angosat-1 was launched into orbit on 26 December 2017 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was due to start operating on a commercial basis in April, but the minister stressed that since the launch “disturbances have been detected in its operation, having failed to communicate with the ground station.”
Igor Frolov of RSC Energia said that in view of the impossibility of establishing communication, it was decided to suspend operations in order not to jeopardise other satellites that are in orbit.
He was responding to questions after signing an addendum to the construction contract for the Angolan satellite (from 2005) with the Russian consortium made up f SP Korolev and SC Energia, in the presence of representatives of the Moscow government and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.
Frolov added that work to try to recover AngoSat-1 will continue until 15 May. (macauhub)