With this certification, controllers are now able to interact with the satellite and the ground infrastructure while the satellite is being operated in real time.
The National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN) explained in a statement, cited by Angop, that flight operators will also be responsible for implementing the activities that are part of the daily activity plan.
During the training and certification of controllers, the documentation linked to the satellite was analyzed and a model implemented by GGPEN was studied. From this analysis, the strengths of the current model were identified. Among the strengths are the acquisition of knowledge to operate the satellite and the ability to create operational and technical documents in Portuguese.
A point for improvement was also identified, based on the study of the model implemented by NASA, which is used at Bowie Satellite Operations and Control Center to train and certify students in this field.
It is important to remember that Russia and Angola had already signed an agreement for the production of a first satellite, Angosat-1. However, after being launched into space in 2017, the device lost contact with Earth. Thus, in 2018, a new agreement for the construction of a second satellite was signed to replace Angosat-1.