China to launch communication satellite for Congo

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 12:50 hrs

Beijing, Nov 18 (IANS) China will launch a communications satellite for the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the end of 2015.

It marks the second occasion that China has exported a satellite to African nations, following the NigComSat 1, another communications satellite which was launched for Nigeria in May 2007 by the Great Wall Industry Corp, the China Daily reported.

The contract for CongoSat 1, the communications satellite to be developed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology for the National Network of Satellite Telecommunications of the African country, was inked in Guangdong province Saturday.

The signing was done on the sidelines of the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.

According to the contract, the satellite will be launched by China Great Wall Industry Corp, the country's only authorised provider of commercial satellite launch services for international clients.

The CongoSat 1 design will be based on the DFH 4 satellite platform, capable of covering the Democratic Republic of the Congo and all the central and southern parts of the African continent through the advanced transponders installed on the satellite.

China will build ground control and training facilities and will train satellite−control personnel for the client.

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