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NIGCOMSAT 1, 1R

NIGCOMSAT 1 [NASRDA]

Nigeria reportedly signed in December 2004 a contract with CGWIC for the design, manufacture and launch of the NIGCOMSAT 1 (Nigerian Communication Satellite). It was based on the chinese DFH-4 Bus and featured 4 C-band, 14 Ku-band, 8 Ka-band and 2 L-band transponders.

The satellite was successfully launched on 13.05.2007 on a CZ-3B/G2 booster.

In April 2008, NIGCOMSAT 1 lost power from the southern solar array. The satellite failed in November 2008 due to a technical error of the satellite's northern solar array and was sent to a graveyard orbit as it became apparent, that the satellite could not be recovered.

In March 2009 Nigeria signed a contract for the free delivery and launch of a replacement satellite called NIGCOMSAT 1R. It was launched in 2011.

Nation: Nigeria
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: NigComSat LTD
Contractors: CAST
Equipment: 4 C-band, 14 Ku-band, 8 Ka-band, 2 L-band transponders
Configuration: DFH-4 bus
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 5150 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NIGCOMSAT 1 2007-018A 13.05.2007 Xi LC-2 CZ-3B/G2
NIGCOMSAT 1R 2011-077A 19.12.2011 Xi LC-2 CZ-3B/G2