Angola Launches its Second Satellite Angosat-2

Angosat-2, Angola’s second communications satellite, was successfully launched on October 12th, 2022. The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board the Proton-M Blok DM-03 rocket. It is a Russian heavy-lift launch vehicle with four stages that was adapted from the Soviet Proton launch vehicle. By virtue of the launch, Angola has now launched two satellites, increasing the continent’s total for 2022 to five satellite launches and the continent’s overall total to 49.

A two-ton high-throughput satellite (HTS), Angosat-2 will deliver 13 gigabytes in each lighted region (satellite signal range zones). The satellite will have a 15-year design life and be based on the Eurostar-3000 platform. Angosat-2 was created in Russia by Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company, and Angola did not incur any further costs for its creation thanks to the insurance provided by the USD 300 million deal for Angosat-1.

Angosat-2 will be seven times faster than its predecessor because Angosat-1 was a conventional satellite with a broad communication beam that worked regardless of location, according to Zolana Joo, Director-General of the Angolan National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN). With this, Angola can lessen the issue of the “digital divide,” enabling all citizens to enjoy the advantages of ICTs on an equal basis.

The geostationary communications satellite will offer several services and cover the entire African continent, with an emphasis on Southern Africa. According to the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (MINTTICS), Mário Augusto da Silva Oliveira, Angola intends to improve the Angosat-2 satellite transmission infrastructure and Angola’s Earth Observation programme within the framework of its National Space Strategy. This will also extend to investment in national broadband infrastructure through submarine and terrestrial fibre optics. He also added that investing in space technology will contribute to unifying and developing Africa.

The Minister also noted that the telecommunications services resulting from the launch would benefit Angola and the satellite operators. The services will cover the entire African continent and a significant part of Southern Europe in C Band. The satellite will also provide almost complete coverage of southern Africa in Ku Band. The Minister also noted the intention of the Executive to continue investing in inducing projects to develop its television broadcasting market.

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