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RSC Energia: Angosat operations will resume in April

January 15, 2018

Angosat spacecraft (SC) made at RSC Energia under a contract with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola is undergoing scheduled flight tests.

The telemetry data received from the satellite made it possible to identify a problem in the operation of the power supply system equipment of the Angosat SC. RSC Energia specialists are completing the processing of the available telemetry data and are preparing for conducting a series of tests.

Before long, the Angosat spacecraft, which is moving along the geostationary orbit in the westerly direction, will leave the radio coverage zone of the Mission Control Center (located in Korolev).

Since maneuvers in geostationary orbit are highly critical, a decision was made not to perform any active actions aimed at controlling the spacecraft until it returns in the radio coverage zone.

Resumption of flight testing activities on the Angosat spacecraft is scheduled for mid-April 2018.

Angosat is a spacecraft made by RSC Energia in the interests of the Republic of Angola to provide broadcast coverage in C- and Ku-bands over the territory of the Republic of Angola, as well as over the territory of the entire African continent. The Angosat project calls for constructing a communications satellite with a transponder, launching it into the geostationary orbit and building a round infrastructure for communications and TV broadcasting. Also taking part in the implementation of the project are enterprises included in the State Corporation Roscosmos.

PAO RSC Energia is the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Solntsev.

ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August of 2015 in order to conduct a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry in Russia+. State Corporation Roscosmos assures implementation of the Government policies in the field of space activities and provides for them a legal and regulatory framework, as well as places orders for the development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructure facilities. The functions of the State Corporation also include development of international cooperation in space, and creating conditions for using results of space activities in social and economic development of Russia.

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