China to deliver communication satellite for DR Congo
ZHUHAI, Nov 17, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The state-owned China Aerospace &
Technology Corporation (CASC) will team up with China Telecom to
provide communication satellite in-orbit delivery for the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a commercial
contract inked Saturday in Zhuhai.
The satellite, CongoSat-01, will be launched from the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province
within three years from when the contract takes effect, according
to Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a CASC subsidiary that
signed the contract with DR Congo's National Network of Satellite
DR Congo is the second African country to ink a satellite
delivery contract with China. Nigeria became the first in December
2004, when it signed a contract with CGWIC.
China Telecom, the country's major telecommunications operator,
will furnish information technology support for the project,
according to the contract.
The satellite is expected to cover DR Congo and the whole of
Southern-Central Africa, CGWIC said.
The company also said that at the ongoing China International
Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, it has signed six
contracts and agreements worth a total of 15 billion yuan (2.38
billion U.S. dollars).
China successfully sent a remote sensing satellite into space
from northwestern Gobi Desert for Venezuela in September.
To date, China has conducted 35 commercial satellite launches
for international customers, sending 41 satellites into space.
CGWIC expects to complete another two commercial launches this
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