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Angosat 1



Angola’s first satellite, AngoSat-1 was built by RKK Energia around the USP platform – previously used for several of Gazprom’s Yamal communications satellites. AngoSat-1 carries a communications payload constructed by Airbus Defence and Space, consisting of sixteen C-band and six Ku-band transponders. It is a relatively lightweight satellite with a mass of only 1,647 kilograms (3,631 lb).

The satellite will be operated by Angola’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology. It will be placed in geostationary orbit at a longitude of 14 degrees East and is expected to operate for at least fifteen years. Once in orbit the satellite will use eight SPT-70 xenon ion thrusters to keep station. It is not equipped with a liquid apogee motor, and will instead be carried almost all the way to geostationary orbit by the carrier rocket’s upper stage.

Alternate Names

  • 43087
  • Angosat1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2017-12-26
Launch Vehicle: Zenit
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 1647 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Angola)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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