LUANDA, Angola has become the seventh African country to have its own satellite in orbit following the successful launch of the Angosat1 satellite from the launch site in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
The other African countries which have already placed satellites in orbit are Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.
Angosat1, a communications satellite which was built by a Russian State consortium, will cover parts of Africa and Europe. Forty-seven Angolan aerospace engineers, trained in China, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Russia, will guarantee the functioning of the satellite.
After the launch, the satellite took seven hours to reach its designated orbit and will undergo various tests for the next two to three months after which the equipment will be able to be used for up to an expected 15 years of useful life.
The Angosat1 project has been underway since 2012. Angola’s Telecommunications and Information Technologies Minister Jose Carvalho da Rocha said Wednesday that Angosat1 is just a “chess piece” of telecommunications infrastructure in the country, which will join the existing 20,000 kilometres of optic fibre which have been laid.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK