The Russian scientists have restored communication with the Angolan satellite AngoSat-1. All parameters of the on-board systems of the device are now normal, the official press release of RSC Energia revealed.
The spacecraft was launched on December 26 by the Zenit-2SB space rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome. AngoSat-1 separated from the second stage of the launch vehicle eight minutes after the launch.
After separation from the Fregat upper stage, the satellite got in touch with the ground stations, but on December 27 the connection with the satellite was lost.
RSC Energia specialists analyzed available telemetry to eliminate the contingency situation.
The corporation said there have been similar cases in the past, such as the Foton-M satellite (2014), the STEREO-9 satellite (NASA, 2016), the Kazakh communications satellite KazSat (2017), etc.
SC Energia informed on Wednesday that the company’s specialists were continuing to resume the regular communication with Angosat.
Angosat has been manufactured by the space company RSC Energia. Angosat is a geostationary communication satellite. This is the first communications satellite of Angola. The satellite is designed to provide broadcasting in frequency C- and Ku-bands to the territory of the Republic of Angola, as well as to the territory of the entire African continent. The Angosat project envisages the creation of a communication satellite with a repeater, its launch into a geostationary orbit and the creation of a ground communications and television broadcasting infrastructure.
This first Angolan satellite is insured in SOGAZ and Insurance Company VTB Insurance.