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AngoSat 1

AngoSat 1 [AngoSat]

The AngoSat 1 will be the first communications satellite for Angola.

The Angosat Project Contract was signed by the Russian and Angolan Parties in 2009. In the following years both parties carried out a joint work in organization of the project financing, that made it possible to proceed to its practical implementation. Work on the satellite started in late 2012.

The Angosat Project calls for development of a communications satellite with 44 equivalent C- and Ku-band transponders, its launch into a geostationary orbit and development of the ground communication and TV broadcasting infrastructure. The Mission Control Center and Central satellite communication network station are planned to be built in the suburbs of Luanda. Moreover, the Project provides for activities on improvement of the currently exciting ground segment of satellite television broadcasting system of the Republic of Angola.

AngoSat 1 will be based on RKK Energiya's USP Bus of Yamal-heritage. Airbus Defence & Space provides the payload.

The satellite was contracted for a joint launch with the Energia 100 satellite on the Zenit-3SL (2) in 2016. Due to the Ukraine crisis, the availability of the Zenit launch vehicle has become questionable. As an anternative, a launch on the second flight of the Angara-A5 Blok-DM-03 rocket was selected. Eventually, the satellite was moved to a Zenit-3F rocket for a December 2017 launch from Baikonur.

Nation: Angola
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: AngoSat
Contractors: RKK Energiya (prime); Airbus Defence & Space (payload)
Equipment: C- and Ku-band transponders
Configuration: USP Bus
Propulsion: 8 × SPT-70 Stationary Plasma Thrusters
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AngoSat 1 - 2017 Ba LC-45/1 Zenit-3F