Angosat-1, Angola’s first communications satellite has re-established contact with its ground station in Luanda.
The contact was confirmed by ANGOP (Agencia Angola Press) via a telephone call with the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information technology, Manual Homan. Homan said that it was normal for such an event to happen shortly after a satellite launch and that Angosat-1’s committed technicians had successfully made contact on Thursday.
The satellite was launched on 26 December on a Zenit rocket from Baikonour and contact was initially established but them lost as it made its way to its final orbit at 13 degrees east.
AngoSat-1 uses C- and Ku-bands on 44 transponders, and will primarily broadcast satellite television. A mission control headquarters and associated infrastructure is located on the outskirts of Luanda, the capital of Angola.