Nigeria’s NigComSat-1R Satellite To Expire In 7 Years
Nigeria’s only communications satellite NigComSat-1R will expire by 2026, according to its managers.
NigComSat-1 was conceptualised and constructed by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) at the cost of approximately $400m.
That satellite was launched in orbit in May 2007 but was de-orbited in November 2008 after it experienced a permanent power failure.
It was then replaced in December 2011by the same company with a new satellite called NigComSat-1R.
The managers of the NigComSat-1R, Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited, have confirmed that the satellite will expire in the next seven years.
The Executive Director of Engineering Services at NigComSat Limited, Raji Kolawole said that the company was looking into options to buy two more satellites as the government had suggested that it explore sources in the private sector for the funds required to construct new satellites.
He said if appropriately used, the communications satellite had ample capacity to help the country investigate incidents of terrorism and kidnapping, which had become more frequent in recent times.
Kolawole said that the reason the Federal Government had flagged NigComSat1R as a national high-priority project is because of the navigation overly on the satellite, which was incorporated into the satellite for security purposes, to help decrease incidents of kidnapping, terrorism and the likes.
Credit: This article originated from www.nigeriacommunicationsweek.com.ng