Tender for second telecommunications satellite construction announced in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Azerkosmos JSC of the Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry has announced a tender for the construction of the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2, Azerbaijani Communications and IT Minister Ali Abbasov told the media on Feb. 8.
"The tender was announced in a closed form," he said. "Some 10 leading world manufacturers are involved."
"We believe that the tender procedure will be completed in the next few months," he said. "Afterwards, a contract will be signed with the tender winner within two months. Presumably, it will be signed in August. The satellite will be launched into orbit in three years."
The Azerbaijani second telecommunication satellite is also designed to render digital TV and radio broadcasting services, internet access, data transmission, creation of multi-service VSAT networks and etc.
The Azerbaijani second satellite program, like the first one, will have a commercial character.
Azerbaijan's first satellite "Azerspace/Africasat-1a" was manufactured by the American company 'Orbital Sciences Corporation'.
The satellite was launched on February 8, 2013 aboard the Arian-5 ECA rocket from the Guiana Space Centre's ELA-3 launch complex. The satellite took its position in geostationary orbit at 46 degrees east longitude.
The Arian-5 ECA rocket was manufactured by the French company 'Arianspace'.
The satellite's payload is 36 transponders (24 C-band transponders and 12 Ku-band transponders).
Each transponder's frequency band is 36 MHz. The satellite weighs about 3,275 kilograms.
The lifetime of the satellite is 15 years.
Azerspace/Africasat-1a satellite's service area covers the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and North Africa.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN