Nigerian Communications Satellite

Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited is a company under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT)
FormationApril 4, 2006
HeadquartersAbuja, Nigeria
Nkechi Jane Egerton-idehen

Satellites edit

NigComSat-1 edit

NigComSat-1, a Nigerian satellite ordered and built in China in 2004, was Nigeria's second satellite and Africa's first communication satellite. It was launched on 13 May 2007, on board a Chinese Long March 3B carrier rocket, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China. The spacecraft was operated by NIGCOMSAT LTD and the Nigerian Space Agency, NASRDA. On 11 November 2008, NigComSat-1 was de-orbit after running out of power due to an anomaly in its solar array. It was based on the Chinese DFH-4 satellite bus, and carried different transponders: 4 C band; 14 Ku band; 8 Ka band; and 2 L band. It was designed to provide coverage to many parts of Africa, and the Ka band transponders would also cover Italy.

On 10 November 2008 (0900 GMT), the satellite was reportedly switched off for analysis and to avoid a possible collision with other satellites and was put into "emergency mode operation in order to effect mitigation and repairs".[1] The satellite eventually was de-orbited later on in the same month.[2][3] According to internal sources, the situation was caused by a problem with the solar panels of the satellite, which further lead to reduced functioning capacity.

On 24 March 2009, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, NIGCOMSAT Ltd. and CGWIC signed a further contract for the in-orbit delivery of NigComSat-1R satellite. NigComSat-1R was also a DFH-4 satellite.[4]

NigComSat-1R edit

Funded by insurance proceeds, a replacement for the failed satellite was launched from China in 2011.[5]: 302–303 

2018 agreement edit

In 2018, Nigeria signed an agreement with China to purchase two additional communications satellites with funds provided the Export-Import Bank of China.[5]: 303–304  In exchange, China will receive part ownership of Nigerian Communications Satellite.[5]: 304 

References edit

  1. ^ "'Technical problems' shut down Nigerian satellite". AFP. 2008-11-12. Archived from the original on 2011-01-04.
  2. ^ "NIGCOMSAT explains de-orbiting of satellite, alleged 'lying idle in space'". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2015-12-03. Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  3. ^ "NIGCOMSAT to Replace NigComSat 1-R Satellite withTwo New Satellites – THISDAYLIVE". Retrieved 2022-09-17.
  4. ^ "Nigcomsat-1 Program --- In-Orbit Delivery Program --- Communications Satellite --- CGWIC".
  5. ^ a b c Shinn, David H.; Eisenman, Joshua (2023). China's Relations with Africa: a New Era of Strategic Engagement. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-21001-0.

External links edit

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