The launch of Azerbaijan's new telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2 represents great significance in terms of strengthening the country's position in the space club and improving its image, Osman Gunduz, President of the Azerbaijani Internet Forum, told Trend Sept. 27.
The expert noted that development of national space infrastructure has a serious impact on the training of personnel in this field, the development of science and innovation, strengthening of international cooperation in this direction.
Gunduz noted that the satellites of Azerbaijan launched into orbit earlier also stimulate the development of the non-oil sector.
"Through three satellites launched into orbit, Azerbaijan will be able to provide communication services, as well as to sell to large companies, various agencies, international organizations the information of various applications related to the earth's surface, geodesy, researches, as well as to build cooperation in this direction," he said.
Gunduz stressed that the launched satellites are very important from the point of view of information security.
The carrier rocket Ariane 5 with communication satellite Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 on its board was launched in the period between 01:53 and 02:38 hours (GMT + 4) on September 26.
The Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite has been designed to provide a number of telecommunication services and will serve two operators - Intelsat SA and Azercosmos OJSC.
The satellite will provide for "Azercosmos" OJSC the satisfaction of the growing demand for DTH (Direct-to-Home) satellite broadcasting services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, and will provide for the Luxembourg office of the Intelsat company the continuity of servicing from the orbital position of 45 degrees, and will ensure the delivery of DTH services in Central and Eastern Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the provision of communication services in Africa.
The satellite will offer enhanced capabilities, coverage and service offerings to support the growing demand in the region for direct access to DTH network by government and network services in Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The manufacturer of the satellite is a subsidiary of the Canadian MDA-Space Systems Loral (SSL) Corporation, and the general contractor of Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 satellite is Maxar Technologies company.
The satellite is built on the 1300-series platform (SS/L 1300), which is used to create medium and heavy geostationary and high-elliptical telecommunication satellites. The Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 satellite is equipped with Ku-band transponders and is designed to provide digital broadcasting, data transmission and so on. The satellite will be placed at an orbital position of 45 degrees. The lifetime of the satellite in orbit will be 15 years.
The first communication satellite Azerspace / Africasat-1a was launched into a geostationary orbit at 46 degrees east longitude on February 8, 2013.
This satellite was also launched from the Kourou space base by Arianespace company.
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