MOSCOW, October 13. /TASS/. The launch of an Angolan telecoms satellite aboard a Russian carrier rocket opens up new prospects for bilateral space cooperation and Moscow congratulates Luanda on this historic event, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement circulated on Thursday.
"On October 12, an Angolan AngoSat-2 telecommunications satellite was successfully launched atop a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur spaceport. On October 13, the satellite was delivered into its designated orbit and placed under control," the ministry said.
"We congratulate our Angolan partners on this historic event that opens up new prospects for our bilateral interaction in the peaceful exploration of outer space," the statement reads.
This launch was carried out as part of a large-scale project to create a national system of satellite communications, television and radio broadcasting in Angola, "which also embraces the construction of a ground infrastructure compound and the training of relevant specialists," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The satellite manufactured by an enterprise of the State Corporation Roscosmos and based on the Russian Express-1000N platform is designed to provide fixed-line and mobile communications, digital TV and radio broadcasting and high-speed Internet access. It can cover telecom services not only in Angola but also the whole of Africa, and also southern European countries," the statement reads.
The Russia-Angola relations are based on time-tested traditions of friendship and mutual understanding while bilateral ties are developing progressively across a wide range of areas, spreading to the hi-tech sphere, the ministry stressed.
"The launch of AngoSat-2 demonstrates that Russia is a reliable partner capable of effectively contributing to the formation of Angola's own scientific and technological base," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.