Liftoff for Nigeria’s new satellite
Nigeria’s new communications satellite, NigComSat-1R, has been launched in China.
The satellite was launched late yesterday aboard a Long March 3B/E spacecraft from the Xixhang satellite Launch Center in China.
It was built and launched by China Great Walls Industry Corporation, with a group of NigComSat engineers, who have been based in China for the past three years.
The satellite replaces NigComSat-1, which was de-orbited due to malfunction in November 2008.
It is designed for use by the telecommunications, maritime, defence and broadcast sectors in Africa and parts of Europe and Asia.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has described the launch as another great step forward for the country towards the development of a knowledge-driven society.