Azerbaijan’s first telecommunication satellite reaches its orbital position

 Azerbaijan’s first telecommunication satellite reaches its orbital position
# 19 February 2013 08:06 (UTC +04:00)

According to APA-Economics, from 19 February to early March, Azerspace-1 trials will continue and thereupon it will be fully leased to Azercosmos. The satellite will be managed by specialists of Azercosmos from the main control center near Baku. Redundant control center is located in Nakhchivan.

Remind that, Azerbaijan's first telecommunications satellite (Azerspace-1) launched to orbit on February 8. Azerspace-1 manufactured by the US-based Orbital Sciences Corporation on a flight-proven GEO Star-2 platform and launched by the highly reliable Ariane-5 launch vehicle of the French Arianespace. With an anticipated service life of 15 years, Azerspace/Africasat-1a will operate from an orbital location at 46 degrees East longitude through an arrangement between Azercosmos and MEASAT Satellite Systems of Malaysia, which owns the rights to the orbital slot.

Some 20% of satellite with the weight of 3.2 tons will be used to meet Azerbaijan’s demand, other 80% - for commercial purposes. Conditional contracts for utilization of 40% of the satellite have already been signed.

Azerbaijan’s satellite will be launched into low earth orbit in 2015, second telecommunication – in 2016.

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