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Launch of Angola’s first satellite postponed until 2014

The launch of Angola’s first telecommunications satellite, which was due to have been put into orbit this year, has been postponed until 2014, the Russian Ambassador in Angola, Sergei Nenachev, said cited by Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The Angosat satellite had been due to be put into orbit this year under the terms of the agreement signed by Angola and Russia in 2009, a year after the Angolan government approved the construction, placing into orbit, and operation of the satellite.

According to Jornal de Angola, approved funding for this project since 2009 stands at a total of 12.4 billion kwanzas (US$129.2 million).

Following an audience with the secretary of State for Foreign Relations, Manuel Augusto, the Russian Ambassador said that preparatory work to build Angosat – which until its launch into orbit has been awarded to a Russian consortium that includes Rocket and Space Corporation Energy, Telecom-Project 5 and Rosoboronexport, which leads the group – has been concluded, and the satellite is due to start being built before the end of this year.

AngoSat is expected to have a lifespan of 15 years and will support Angola’s telecommunications and digital terrestrial television infrastructures across the country, whilst also covering part of Europe and Africa, particularly southern regions. (macauhub)

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