Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.28
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
The issue of determination of the orbital position for the second telecommunications satellite of Azerbaijan will be resolved by early 2015, the deputy minister of communications and high-technologies of Azerbaijan Iltimas Mammadov told reporters Nov.26.
Mammadov said that the signing of contracts for the construction and launch of a geostationary satellite is expected in early 2015.
The tender for the second satellite program involves six companies. The ministry plans to lease an orbital position for the Azerspace-2 satellite for a long term as well, the ministry said earlier. This step will be taken in order to eliminate the problems associated with the coordination of orbital positions.
Azerspace-2 satellite launch is scheduled for 2017. Some 30 months will be given for the construction of the satellite.
The first Azerbaijani Azerspace / Africasat-1a telecommunication satellite was launched on February 8, 2013. The satellite is located at the orbital position of 46 degrees east longitude.
Satellite operator of Azerbaijan renders services of digital television, data transmission, creation of VSAT multiservice networks and provision of government communication via the use of Azerspace / Africasat-1a telecommunication satellite. The service area of Azerspace / Africasat-1a includes the countries of Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.
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