Azerbaijan places a second telecommunications satellite into orbitMay 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Posted in Telecommunications | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: TNC News
Apr 29, 2011 (Trend News Agency – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — Azerbaijan’s second satellite will be launched into the orbit with the republic’s own funds, a source close to the project told Trend.
The second satellite is under consideration to being placed in orbit at the orbital position of 43.2 degrees east longitude.
At present, Azerbaijan has four orbital positions: 43.2, 46, 58.5 and 95.9 degrees east.
The ITU added Azerbaijan to the list of countries, whose satellites will also be located at the above positions. A priority issue for the Azerbaijani government is now to negotiate the positions of 43.2, 58.5 and 95.9 degrees east to ensure that subscribers do not face any problems with their satellite coverage in the future.
Earlier, the ministry signed a long-term contract on leasing an orbital position for Azerspace with the Malaysian MEASAT satellite operator. As Azerbaijan is not located at the orbital position of 95.9 degrees east, placing the satellite in this orbit is unreasonable. It covers a large part of China and Tajikistan. Nevertheless, the coordination issues of the orbital position 95.9 degrees east were resolved today. [Full story]