As per the latest reports, the Russian space experts have regained control over AngoSat-1 satellite. On December 26, Angola’s first satellite AngoSat-1 was launched into space by a Zenith rocket that blasted off from the Baikonur pad in Kazakhstan. But immediately after the launch, the experts lost contact with the satellite.
Russia’s state-run company RRK Energia, that built the rocket, informed that the operators have successfully worked the issue and the spacecraft’s systems are operating perfectly. RRK Energia said in a statement that Experts from the Energia Corporation have received telemetry data from the AngoSat satellite launched by the Zenit-3SLBF space rocket from the Baikonur spaceport on December 26. It further said that the satellite has provided telemetry data showing that all its systems settings are in order.
The AngoSat-1 satellite launch took place at 19:00 GMT (2:00 p.m. EST) on Tuesday and after nine hours of flight the spacecraft got separated from the Fregat-SB upper stage of the Zenith launch Vehicle at 3:54 UTC on Wednesday. After the AngoSat-1 Was successfully launched into the geostationary orbit, its power-generating solar arrays unfolded, and initial contact was made. But suddenly after a few minutes, the control room lost contact with the satellite. Within hours after the malfunction took place, the RRK Energia confirmed the issue through a statement and informed that the company’s experts are trying their best to solve the problem and regain control of the satellite. Although the satellite manufacturing company has not disclosed the exact reason behind the malfunction, according to TASS, the issues regarding the charge of the satellite’s battery might have resulted in the lost connection.
Just like AngoSat-1, in July 2014, Foton-M No.4 satellite also ceased responding to the commands from the control unit present at the ground. AngoSat-1 is Angola’s first telecommunications satellite, and it carries along with it sixteen C-band and six Ku-band transponders in order to improve, satellite communications, internet access, Radio and television services in the country. RKK Energia’s AngoSat-1 is based on its Universal Space Platform (USP), and the spacecraft weighs almost 1.55 metric tons with two deployable solar arrays attached to it. After Russia successfully restored contact with AngoSat-1 satellite, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, soon congratulated the Angolan ambassador on the successful satellite launch and said that the two nations should further deepen their cooperation regarding space programs.