The Angolan satellite is already parked in the place where it will be for the next 15 years, on the equator, at position 23E (east). The communication and operating system tests have already started, and it is possible to predict that within a month it will be able to be working with all its capabilities.
Although the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication (MINTTICS), Mário Oliveira, announced at the launch that the Angolan satellite would need 90 days to be operational, the Expansão confirmed with the technicians who are accompanying the mission that this term may be substantially shortened.
At this point, Angosat-2 is already in the position where it will be for the next 15 years, position 23E of the geostationary space (above the equator), and “99% of the major risks have already been overcome. It has been parked in the place where it will stay since Friday, and now we have started the communication tests of the 6 C-band transponders and 24 KU band beams (bins), which are installed”, tells us he adds, “we are within the deadlines that the minister had advanced, that is, 90 days from its launch for the satellite to be operational. At this point, 25 days have passed, and it is our belief that this period will be shortened. In a month it should be operational”.
In practical terms, in the first half of December, Angosat-2 could be fully operational, thus putting an end to a series of speculations and doubts surrounding the realization of this project. Our satellite is then parked on the equator, at 23 degrees east, which on the map corresponds to the territory of the DRC.
That is nothing extraordinary because all the geostationary satellites are placed on this equator to maximize the potential and coverage capacity, remembering that this line that cuts the world into two hemispheres passes over the following countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Kiribati, Maldives, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe and Somalia. That is, this type of satellites are all on top of one of these countries.