Three weeks after the launch of Angola’s second communication satellite, Angosat-2, the Angolan National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN) confirms that the satellite is communicating perfectly with control stations in Russia and Angola. The satellite was launched aboard the four-stage Russian heavy-lift launch vehicle (Proton-M Blok DM-03 rocket) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on 12 October 2022.
Shortly after the launch of the satellite, specialists from Angola and Moscow and Zheleznogorsk (Russia) embarked on 23 days of post-launch activities, including several manoeuvres involving engineering principles related to orbital mechanics that facilitated the successful placement of Angosat-2 in its final orbital position 23E, in geostationary orbit at a distance of about 36000 km on November 3, 2022. The general public can check the orbital position of ANGOSAT-2 via this link.
The satellite would be monitored, controlled and operationalised by GGPEN for the entire duration of its lifetime, 15 years.
Following the placement of the satellite in its orbital position, the second testing phase begins, which is related to the verification of the performance of the parameters of the satellite communication channels, including its six C-band communication channels, and 24 Ku-band communication beams.
The recent tests show that Angosat-2 is working optimally, while other tests have been scheduled per the procedures and plan defined by the teams involved in the operation and maintenance of ANGOSAT-2 in orbit. To operate the satellite, about 67 GGPEN specialists were trained in the general operationalisation of the satellite, while 25 specialists were explicitly trained in the day-to-day operations of the satellite. According to GGPEN, the training was conducted in Russia, France, England and the United States.
The conclusion of the second phase of ANGOSAT-2 tests will allow telecommunication services to be taken to the country’s most remote areas at competitive prices. In addition, the satellite services will cover the entire African continent, a significant part of Southern Europe and almost total coverage of the Southern Africa region.
According to the Angolan Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (MINTTICS), the general public can access any official information regarding the ANGOSAT-2 tests via GGPEN’s website, email address, and phone number: (+244) 222777312.