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$45 million lost AngoSat-1 satellite finally makes contact with Russian space scientists

A few days ago, on 26th December 2017, Russia launched the Anglo’s first satellite name AngoSat-1.  A Zenit rocket has carried the satellite into space. Well, for some dew moments, Russia has lost its contact with the rocket. But, now it Russia has successfully able to restore contact with the AngoSat-1.

The satellite was manufactured by RKK Energia, and it is now controlled and managed by RKK Energia. Informing more about this the company informed that, the issues had been solved by its operators. The telemetry data of the satellite received on 28th December shows that it is now working normally. RRK Energia said that the experts from the Energia Corporation have received telemetry data from the AngoSat-1 satellite which was launched by the Zenit-3SLBF rocket from the Baikonur spaceport on 26th December. On December 28, the AngoSat-1 has provided telemetry data which h confirms that all the systems and settings are now working perfectly.

The Zenit rocket, carrying the AngoSat-1 satellite lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 19:00 GMT on Tuesday, Dec. 26. The spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle’s Fregat-SB upper stage at 3:54 UTC on Wednesday. AngoSat-1 was successfully placed into its geostationary orbit. But after sometime, its power-generating solar arrays began to unfold, and the satellite went silent just for few minutes. After that, the satellite manufacturing company RKK Energia informed about the problem through a statement, and it also informed that the experts are now investigating on this to find out the problem and solve that as soon as possible.

However, the company has not able to identify the exact reason for the problem, but it is expected that the issues are with the charge of the satellite’s battery. After it gets solved, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, congratulated the Angolan ambassador on the satellite launch and said the two nations would further deepen their cooperation.

Talking more about the satellite, the AngoSat-1 is based on RKK Energia’s Universal Space Platform (USP). It weighs nearly 1.55 metric tons, and it has two deployable solar arrays. The satellite carries 16 C-band and 6 Ku-band transponders and will run for 15 years. The purpose of the satellite is delivering television broadcasting and telecommunications services. It will provide the Ku-band services in the Republic of Angola and C-band services in the African continent and Europe.

It may be noted that this is not for that first time that Russia has faced such problem. In July 2014, Rusia had lost connection from the Foton-M No.4 satellite. The satellite had stopped responding to commands given from the center. In November, Russia had faced the same problem with the Meteor-M satellite. The reason behind this was something very embarrassing. Russian deputy prime minister Dimitry Rogozin informed that someone had screwed up the coordinates. The Russian space agency informing about this stated that the Roscosmos officials and the main development companies didn’t take proper steps to ensures its control and coordination and which had led to such major complex.

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