Angola's first satellite to launch by early 2017
Rebecca Hawkes
| 12 November 2014
Angola's initial communications satellite, Angosat, is to be completed by September 2016 and launched into orbit by the first quarter of 2017, according to the Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Aristides Safeca.

The construction of the satellite, at a reported cost of 294 million euros, is taking place in Angola by a Russian consortium, Rosoboronexport. Over 30% of the work has now been completed on manufacturing the satellite, which will have a 15-year lifetime, Safeca said.

Angosat will provide the country with support services for electronic telecommunications, including the provision of broadband services and satellite television.

Two control stations will be built for the satellite one in Luanda, Angola and the other in Korolev, Russia.