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Country will have one more satellite. Contract signed for construction of the first Earth observation satellite

Angola will build the first Earth observation satellite. The Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (MINTTICS) and Airbus Defense and Space signed, this Friday, at the Presidential Palace of Cidade Alta, the contract for the construction of this satellite, called ANGEO-1.


According to a statement made available by MINTTICS, the construction of the said satellite will be the responsibility of Airbus Defense and Space, in France, "and is within the mechanisms and actions to reinforce the partnership and collaboration between the two states".

Thus, the device will make it possible to "estimate agricultural productivity, monitor deforestation, monitor construction works, monitor and detect oil spills and detect ships".

According to the ministry, with the construction and commissioning of the satellite, it will be possible "to take more than a thousand high resolution images per day with extreme acquisition capacity for local, national and regional coverage, being highly efficient for the main applications angolan".

The guardianship also refers that "thanks to the massive access to satellite images, the ANGEO-1, of high technology", will make a strong contribution "to the development of infrastructures, mapping of natural resources, maritime surveillance, including fishing, agriculture, population census".

This satellite, according to the ministry, is based on more than three decades of Airbus Defense and Space's experience in building "highly reliable and high-performance space systems".

"Once in operation, it will become a very advanced and capable satellite of its kind in the region, positioning Angola as a leading power in the space domain", points out the ministry.

The communiqué adds that the said satellite will further promote "the country's development in many different sectors", making life better for Angolans, "building capacities, diversifying the economy and benefiting a very diversified sector".

In addition, the satellite will also allow the country to "continue to develop space-based decision support tools, thereby increasing efficiency in a variety of sectors, both in the civil, public and security domains".

In terms of staff training, the ministry explains that, as part of the contract, at least 15 Angolan specialists will be trained to operate the satellite, while in the academic domain, "training in master's and doctoral degrees in the space domain will also continue, an action that seeks continuity to the construction program, reinforcement and expansion of internal competences through programs of knowledge transfer and targeted training".

The ministry also underlines that "in Toulouse, France, for example, at one of the world's reference institutes in space technologies, ISAE-SUPAERO, 11 Angolan engineers were trained at master's level in areas such as space applications using satellite images, systems engineering space and project management".

It should be noted that, this Friday, four agreements were signed, namely, a financing agreement between Angola and the French Development Agency, a credit facilitation agreement between Angola and the French Development Agency, the contract for design, manufacture and supply of an Earth Observation Satellite System and its addendum.


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