Russia to launch replacement satellite, Angosat 1R in 2020.

The AngoSat-1, a communications satellite with a geostationary orbit built by Russia’s RSC Energia company for almost $300m, and launched December 26 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Khazakhstan has shortly became inoperable following the lost of contact with the satellite from Baikonur spaceport.

A Zenit carrier rocket with Angola’s first satellite AngoSat-1 was launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan.

According to news report, “The ‘Fregat’ upper-stage rocket regularly got in touch with the Angolan satellite in a normal mode after the first round along the Earth’s orbit, all systems worked properly, but later contact was lost and the telemetry ceased to arrive,” the source said.

Russia’s Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, which developed the Angolan satellite Angosat, earlier confirmed that the connection had been lost with it.

A Zenit carrier rocket with Angola’s satellite was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after being postponed several times. Initially, it was planned that the satellite would be sent into orbit this summer, then the launch date was set for September. It was subsequently rescheduled for October, November and then December.

The rocket placed the satellite into the planned orbit and the satellite separated from the transfer orbit stage, according to the representative of Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation.

The AngoSat-1 project is a communications satellite . The project has been underway since 2012.

Russia’s RSC Energia, who built the AngoSat-1 on behalf of Angola, said it would start building a more powerful follow-up satellite at no cost, as per AngoSat-1’s insurance policy.


Angosat spacecraft


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