#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 08 – According to Tass and Africa sources a Russian-Angolan joint project to build and launch Angola’s national communication system Angosat, the first satellite operated by an African nation, will be implemented in three years, Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti said on Tuesday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
“We have launched the project,” Chikoti said. “A team of specialists is formed at the moment to work on this project. It is necessary to create certain conditions in the country to start implementing it. I think we will do everything necessary within three years to make the project work.”
In the press-release back in 2009 the spokesman said AngoSat will have 15 years of life and will serve to support national infrastructures of telecommunications and terrestrial digital television all over the country.
It will enable the coverage in Africa, Europe, in C band, and the Southern Africa, in particular, in Ku band.
The document was signed by the deputy minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Aristides Safeca, and by the acting chairperson of the Russian firm Rosoboronexport, Vassili Ivanov. Source: ANGOP 6/26/09
With this recent tie-up with Russia and Angola this could bring the project one step closer to fruition, or at least by 2017.