From Baikonur launched the first satellite of Angola’s AngoSat-1

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in Photobacterium rocket to Baikonur. Archival photoFrom Baikonur launched the first satellite of Angola’s AngoSat-1© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis the image Bank

The first national communications satellite of Angola’s AngoSat-1 («Angosat-1») started at 22.00 GMT on the launch vehicle «Zenit-3F» with the upper stage Fregat from Baikonur, told RIA Novosti the representative of Roscosmos.

It is planned that the head outer part (sweep) in the upper stage Fregat and the satellite AngoSat-1 separated from the second stage of the carrier rocket «Zenit-3F» 22.08 GMT. The separation of the spacecraft from the «booster» is scheduled for 27 December at 6.55 GMT and withdrawal «Frigate» into the calculated orbit of burial — at 9.23 GMT, said RIA Novosti in the RSC «Energia».

It is expected that Angosat will provide broadcasting on frequency C — and Ku-bands to the territory of the Republic of Angola, as well as on the entire African continent. The angosat project provided for the establishment of the satellite communication repeater, launch it into geostationary orbit and a ground infrastructure of communications and television broadcasting. The contract on creation «Angosat» between RSC Energia and the Ministry of telecommunications and information technologies of the Republic of Angola was signed in 2009, but entered into force only in 2013.

Angosat created based on the new service platform, consisting of components manufactured in Russia, is its weight 1647 kg. The satellite is equipped with electric propulsion, allowing for a long final ascent and correction of orbital position. In satellite angosat was first applied to a created in RSC Energia stand virtual reality.

The rocket «Zenit» was developed by the Ukrainian KB «southern» and was produced at the Ukrainian enterprise «Yuzhmash». As part of the media uses the Russian RD-171 and RD-120 production Khimki NPO «Energomash». Earlier it was reported that the launch of «Zenit» from Baikonur has been postponed from 7 to 26 December due to detected problems with one of the valves in the pipeline of fuel the upper stage «Fregat». The fault was eliminated.