China Delivered Communications Satellite to Algeria on Orbit
On April 1, representatives from departments concerned in China held the Algeria 1 Communications Satellite On-orbit Delivery Ceremony in Algerian Space Agency. Chinese people responsible said that China was looking forward to deepening the cooperation in aerospace between China and Algeria.
Yang Baohua, deputy GM in China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said to journalist from Xinhua News Agency that Algeria 1 Communications Satellite program is an important manifestation of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Algeria, opening up the successful operation between China and Arab countries. Algeria 1 Communications Satellite is the cooperation achievement in four years between China and Algeria institutes for scientific research, during which DFH satellite bus, Long March rocket launch preparation, TT&C and application system were under all-round cooperation as well. After overcoming numerous difficulties, the delivery was finally achieved.
Yang said that China paid high attention to the honest and practical cooperation with Algeria in aerospace technology. And China was also looking forward to developing substantive cooperation in other space follow-up program as soon as possible.
Algeria 1 Communications Satellite is the first geostationary Earth orbit communication satellite designed specifically for China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation from Algeria National Space Administration. It was also the first cooperation program between the two countries in aerospace field, and the first communication satellite in Algeria. It was supposed to apply to areas such as Algerian radio and television, crisis communication, tele-education, e-government, business communication, broadband access, SBAS service etc., and would improve the Algerian infrastructure construction, benefiting people in the surrounding area.
On December 11, 2017, Algeria 1 Communications Satellite was sent into the orbit at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, taken by Long March 3B rocket. After the launch, both countries ran the on-orbit test and the on-orbit test assessment.