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NigComSat 1R



NigComSat 1R, a Nigerian communications satellite, was launched from Xichang on 19 December 2011 at 16:41 UT. The satellite weighed 5100 kg and was launched by a Long March 3B rocket. NigComSat 1R replaces NigComSat 1, which failed in orbit in 2008. Several upgrades were added to Nigcomsat 1R to improve its performance. It carries 28 active transponders including 4 C-band, 14 Ku-band, 8 Ka-band, 2 L-band and seven antennas reaching across sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Central Asia. It will also supply communications between Nigeria and China. NigComSat 1R will be positioned at 42.5 degrees East Longitude. It has a design life of 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 38014
  • NigComSat1R

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-12-19
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B/E
Launch Site: Xichang, Peoples Republic of China
Mass: 5100 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Nigeria)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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